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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Open this folder and view contents1 INTRODUCTION
Open this folder and view contents2 OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL FORMULARY PROCESS
Close this folder3 DEVELOPING THE PRELIMINARY INFORMATION SECTION
View the documentDeveloping locally relevant introductory information
Close this folderGeneral entries at the front of a national formulary
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Open this folder and view contentsAdditional information at the front of the national formulary
View the documentAdapting the “General advice to prescribers” section of the WHO model formulary
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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Abbreviations

Internationally accepted units and symbols should be used wherever possible. The use of abbreviations in the NF should be kept to a minimum to avoid any potential misinterpretation or confusion. In the WMF, great care has been taken to avoid the use of any abbreviations (Latin or English) regarding the route and frequency of administration of medicines because of the risk of misinterpretation and also because their conventional use may vary greatly from country to country: it is therefore advisable to follow this principle in a NF. For example misinterpretation or careless reading of:

qd = quoque die = once a day, or qid = quater in die = four times a day,


can have life-threatening consequences to the patient. Always use unambiguous instructions, e.g. 4 times daily, by mouth, as in the WMF.

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