The Department of Health (DoH), in an effort to provide easy, informative service to medical practitioners, is launching the online Philippine National Formulary (PNF) and National Antibiotic Guidelines (NAG) that will ensure accessibility of vital health information.
The online PNF will provide information on the rational use of essential drugs for priority diseases, while the online version of NAG supplements the PNF to guide healthcare providers on rational antibiotic use as part of the national effort to fight the growing public health threat of antimicrobial resistance.
The PNF serves as the guiding data for public and private medical practice in procurement, prescription and use, as well as PhilHealth for in the reimbursement of claims from public and private health care facilities.
It is the google search of all available medicines in the market that is very helpful to all doctors in choosing quality, ethical drugs in the market. Instead of the thick formulary called PIMS, they can now access a variety of medicines through the use of mobile phone, tablets or even laptop.
DoH Undersecretary Rolando Domingo disclosed that the eighth edition of the PNF Manual is set to be printed and distributed by the last quarter of 2019 for the use of healthcare facilities. The manual will contain information on 619 drugs and medicines and will include comprehensive pharmacology information to aid health professional in making clinical decisions.