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National Formulary

A National Formulary is a manual containing a list of medicines that are approved for prescription throughout the country, indicating which products are interchangeable. It includes key information on the composition, description, selection, prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines. Those drugs considered less suitable for prescribing are clearly identified.

In some countries, there are regional or provincial formularies instead of or in addition to the national formulary.

By the turn of the millennium, 156 countries had national or provincial essential medicines lists and 135 countries had national treatment guidelines and/or formulary manuals.

National Formularies


  • Dr K Balasubramaniam, 'Quality drugs at affordable prices', Health Action International Asia Pacific, 2002

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