The Ministry of Health (MOH) issued the draft of the new National Formulary on its website September 3. The MOH has requested experts to submit their opinions and feedback by September 30.
The National Formulary is designed to regulate hospital drug usage and curb prescribing of expensive or unnecessary drugs. The National Formulary details drug treatment plans for 194 types of diseases, as well as symptoms of each disease, indications, contraindications, and adverse reactions of drugs used for treatment.
An example of a formulary entry outline:
General treatment of neoplasms
1) Mechanism and classification of antineoplastic drugs
2) Rational usage of antineoplastic drugs
3) Adverse reactions associated with antineoplastic drugs
4) Development of antineoplastic drugs
Treatment plans for tumors
1) NSCLC treatment plans
2) Breast cancer treatment plans
3) Gastrointestinal cancer treatment plans
1) Cytototoxic drugs
2) Hormone-type drugs
3) Biological response modification (BRM) drugs
4) Targeted therapies