Please find below the abstract of a paper from 2013 that closely supports previous arguments on HIFA that there should be a high-quality, independent international formulary, similar to the British National Formulary and freely available to all prescribers and users of medicines, on the internet, on mobile phones and as a free PDF download. Universal basic information on commonly prescribed medicines, identified by their generic name, would save many lives and reduce suffering.
We have discussed this with both the British National Formulary and the World Health Organization. We pointed out: "If money is an issue, we think we can help you get financial support for this, because we are convinced that a major funder such as the Gates Foundation can be persuaded of the need for such a formulary". But so far we are not getting through...
Int J Clin Pharm. 2013 Jun;35(3):386-92. doi: 10.1007/s11096-012-9744-x. Epub 2013 Mar 28.
Worldwide analysis of factors associated with medicines compendia publishing.
Arguello B, Fernandez-Llimos F. [Full text is restricted access]