The Barbados National Drug Formulary attempts both to provide general
guidelines on prescribing, and set out indications, cautions/side effects and
dose ranges. The prescriber is asked to pay particular note to the sections on
prescription writing and variation in dose response. These sections are followed
by notes on the special situations requiring dose modification including adverse
effects and drug interactions. Emphasis is placed throughout these sections and
the Product Listing with Recommended Dose Ranges on the need to tailor doses to
the individual patient.
It is of greatest value to young doctors, but also to every prescriber who
needs to use a drug for the first time, to check general guidelines, major
cautions and side effects or dose ranges. It is also an educational tool for
pharmacists, nurses and other members of the health care team.