The National Formulary of India is essentially meant for the guidance of the members of the medical profession; medical students, nurses and pharmacists working in hospitals and in sales establishments. In the preparation of this Formulary, the expert opinion of medical practitioners, teachers in medicine, nurses, pharmacists and Pharmaceutical manufacturers has been obtained. The selection of drugs for inclusion in the National Formulary has been made taking into consideration the relative advantages and disadvantages of the various drugs used, the extent of their use in current medical practice and their availability in the country. Thus the National Formulary of India represents a broad consensus of medical opinion in respect of drugs and their formulations and provides the physician with carefully selected therapeutic agents of proved effectiveness which form the basis of national drug therapy.
4th Edition of National Formulary of India has been published in 2011 by the IPC after a gap of more than 3 decades.
The National Formulary of India would prove to be the authoritative guide to prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines for all healthcare professionals. It will be useful for framing national drug policies in the country. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India vides its notifications F. No. X. 11035/2/06-DFQC, dated 8th May 2008 assigned this mandatory responsibility to the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission, Ghaziabad to publish NFI on regular basis.
History of National Formulary of India (NFI):
The IPC with its mission to be one of the leading scientific institutions under the central government puts stress on keeping transparency, accountability and punctuality and the publication of the NFI.
The National Formulary of India editions are as follows:-
1.National Formulary of India 1960 –The first edition of NFI
2.National Formulary of India 1966 –The Second edition of NFI
3.National Formulary of India 1979 –The Third edition of NFI
4.National Formulary of India 2011 – The Fourth Edition of NFI (With CD)
5.National Formulary of India 2016 – The Fifth Edition of NFI (Current edition)