How to Develop a National Formulary Based on the WHO Model Formulary - A Practical Guide
(2004; 45 pages) View the PDF document
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Close this folder1 INTRODUCTION
View the documentObjectives
View the documentThe need for formularies
View the documentWhat is a formulary?
View the documentThe essential medicines concept
View the documentThe WHO model list of essential medicines and the WHO model formulary
Open this folder and view contents2 OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL FORMULARY PROCESS
Open this folder and view contents3 DEVELOPING THE PRELIMINARY INFORMATION SECTION
Open this folder and view contents4 DEVELOPMENT OF THERAPEUTIC INFORMATION AND MONOGRAPHS USING THE WHO MODEL FORMULARY
Open this folder and view contents5 ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION
Open this folder and view contents6 DEVELOPING SPECIFIC INFORMATION SECTIONS
Open this folder and view contents7 PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION AND IMPLEMENTATION
Open this folder and view contents8 EVALUATION
Open this folder and view contents9 REVIEW AND UPDATE
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The need for formularies

Medicines play a crucial role in the prevention and treatment of diseases. When used correctly, they can offer simple and cost-effective solutions to many health problems. Today many people have little or no access to safe and effective drug therapies and may be at risk of serious health problems due to treatment with ineffective, poor quality products, or incorrect and irrational use of medicines.

Formularies can be useful tools in solving some of these problems of drug therapy as they can:

- provide impartial drug information to counteract biased promotional activities or fill the gap where access to accurate, and up-to-date information is limited;

- promote the appropriate use of safe, effective and good quality medicines;

- help in the elimination of unsafe, ineffective or poor quality medicinal products by identifying effective and safe medications; and

- support cost-effective utilization of drug budgets and improve access to essential medicines.

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