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
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
Close this folder5 ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION
View the documentThe evidence-based approach in formulary development
View the documentInformation retrieval
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Open this folder and view contentsSearching for the best evidence
Close this folderAccessibility
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View the documentCritical appraisal
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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Electronic sources

Electronic products allow access to scientific articles, books and databases on hand-held computers, desktop computers, via institutional Intranets (local area networks) or via the Internet. It is easy to be overwhelmed with the large volume of information available about medicines on the Internet and it is not always easy to establish the validity and accuracy of this information especially about pharmaceuticals. For guidance on how to identify reliable sites see WHO’s guidelines (11). Focusing searches through the web sites of major national and international professional organizations and major biomedical gateways (directories of web sites) can help to identify sites of reliable information. Some examples of major gateways leading to medical and pharmaceutical sites include:

HealthWeb15
Martindale's The “Virtual” - Pharmacy Center16
OMNI17 (Organising Medical Networked Information).

15http://www.healthweb.org/
16http://www.martindalecenter.com/Pharmacy_6_HuD.html#DF
17http://omni.ac.uk/

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