Philippine National Drug Formulary (PNDF)

How drugs are being selected and included in the PNDF?

The previous process of identifying drugs and medicines to be included in the PNDF include a series of deliberation meetings and evaluations of the National Formulary Committee (NFC) which consists of member physicians and specialists from different fields of expertise with relevant years of experience and distinction in their respective fields.

If a drug/medicine needed by a local government entity is not included in the PNDF, how will they procure the “needed” drug?

Drugs not listed in the PNDF Volume I, needs a written request for exemption for procurement with corresponding justification addressed to the Head of the National Center for Pharmaceutical Access and Management (NCPAM) who may approve or disapprove the request.  (Refer to EO 49 “Directing the Mandatory Use of the Philippine National Drug Formulary (PNDF) Volume I as the basis for Procurement of Drugs Products by the Government” and Administrative Order 163 s. 2002 “Implementing Guidelines and Procedures in the Procurement and Requisition of Drugs and Medicines by the Department of Health pursuant to Executive Order No. 49 dated January 21, 1993.

What is Philippine National Drug Formulary (PNDF)?

The Philippine National Drug Formulary (PNDF) is an integral component of the Philippine Medicines Policy which aims to make quality essential drugs available, accessible, efficacious, safe and affordable

The PNDF (Volume I) is the Essential Medicines List (EDL)for the Philippines prepared by the National Formulary Committee (NFC) in consultation with experts and specialists from organized professional medical societies, medical academe and the pharmaceutical industry.

List of essential medicines that are registered with Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

When is the possible time to include our product in the PNDF Vol. I for its 8th edition?

The NFC committee has resigned on April 2009. 

An AO 2006-0018 Subject: Implementing Guidelines for the Philippine National Drug Formulary System (PNDFS) was created on May 08, 2006.  The DOH finds it necessary to revise the inputs, processes, and outputs of the PNDF, collectively referred to, thereafter, as the Philippine National Drug Formulary System (PNDFS)

There have been a Department Personnel Order (DPO) for the Creation of the Formulary Executive Council (FEC)for the Philippine National Drug Formulary System


Why do government agencies needs to check if their drug/medicine to procure is included in the PNDF?

As stated in the of the Republic Act No. 9502 or the Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations Rule No. 36, “All government agencies, including local government units, shall procure drugs and medicines within the Philippine National Drug Formulary (PNDF) current edition in accordance with Republic Act 9184 and any other pertinent procurement reforms”.

Also, pursuant to Executive Order No. 49 of 1993 states that, “all government entities concerned are mandated to use the current PNDF (Volume I) as the basis for procurement of drug products”.tial medicines that are registered with Food and Drug Administration (FDA)