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Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya launches 6th Edition of NFI 2021

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Health Min. Mansukh Mandaviya launches 6th edition of National Formulary of IndiaUnion Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Ministry for Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) launched the ‘’6th Edition of National Formulary of India (NFI) 2021’’. The NFI has been published by Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC).

  • NFI 2021 will act as a guidance document for all the healthcare professionals such as clinicians, pharmacists, nurses and dentists. It will play a crucial role in daily clinical practices.

Objective  To promote rational use of medicines in the country.

Key points

i.The 6th Edition of NFI 2021 has been drafted by adopting the principle ‘do not miss critical and do not overload’ the information by revising the appendices, chapters and drug monographs.

ii.In the preparation of this Formulary, the expert opinion of medical practitioners, teachers in medicine, nurses, pharmacists and pharmaceutical manufacturers has been obtained.

iii.The NFI represents a broad consensus of medical opinion in respect of drugs and their formulations and provides the physician with carefully selected therapeutic agents of proven effectiveness which form the basis of national drug therapy.

Some Salient Features:

  • 34 therapeutic categories chapters including 591 drug monographs and 23 appendices are included in this edition.
  • The NFI is aligned with National Health Programmes and National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM).
  • Important Web Links related to NLEM, Drugs banned in India, NHP, Drugs banned in sports, Immunization schedule, wherever necessary are provided for information to readers.

The chapters included:

Analgesics, Antipyretics and Anti-inflammatory drugs, Antiepileptics, Antacids and Antiulcer Drugs, Antiallergics and Drugs Used in Anaphylaxis, Antidiarrhoeals and Laxatives, Antidotes and Substances Used in Poisoning, Antimigraine drugs, Basics of Medical Emergencies, Dermatological Drugs, Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) etc  were revised thoroughly by involving the subject specific experts/specialist in the country.

About Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW)

Union Minister: Mansukh Mandaviya (Rajya Sabha, Gujarat)
Minister of State: Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar (Dindori,Maharashtra)