(2004; 45 pages)
Implementation to gain acceptance and credibility for the national formulary
The process of implementation will be important for the rapid acceptance and use of information contained in the NF. Unless users are aware of, and know how to access and use the NF, the desired impact on rational use of medicines may not achieved. Several methods may be employed or combined to promote the use of the NF including:
- organization of an official launch supported by respected authorities including the Ministry of Health, professional societies (e.g. medical and pharmaceutical) and coverage by the media;
- placing advertisements, articles and interviews about the NF in national professional journals and the media;
- circulars, letters and posters sent out to health institutions and involving opinion leaders in the launching of the NF; and
- integrating dissemination of information about the NF with dissemination of other health policy, clinical guidelines or protocols.
These efforts should not be made only for the initial introduction of the NF, but some of them should be continued to raise wider awareness of the purpose and use of the NF.
The above recommendations are intended to point out basic essential tasks in the final production stage and do not attempt to give advice on professional book publishing. Various organizations provide support and training for publishers in developing countries; a comprehensive list of links to these organizations can be found on the Links page of the INASP’s web site.