netFormulary Dorset NHS
The Dorset Formulary has been developed in associations with
NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Welcome to the Dorset Formulary

Useful Links

Dorset Medicines Advisory Group (DMAG)

DMAG Summary

Traffic Light Categorisation

Formulary Proposal Form

Shared Care Guideline Template 

 Drug Decision Making Process        

Primary Care

Opioid Resource Pack

SCAN Guidelines (Antibiotics)

Understanding your urine microbiology results (MSU)

SPS guidance on alternatives to solid dosage forms

CQC matrix

Medicines Optimisation Plan (including audits and savings plan)

Dorset CCG Medicines Standards

NHSE Medicines Shortage Guidance

SPS - Shortages

DHSC - Shortages

GSK shortages

MIMS Drug shortages - live tracker

Private Prescription Guidance

Private Prescription – Items Cheaper Than a Prescription Charge 

NHSE OTC patient information leaflet

NHSE OTC Letter for GPs

NHSE OTC support document

Medicines Matters: mechanisms for prescribing, supply and administration of medicines

Template Letter to Decline prescribing of "red" drugs in Primary Care

Template Letter to Decline Prescribing of "non-formulary" drugs in Primary Care 

 Resources for Specials Prescribing


Over the counter items - GP guide to self care (PrescQIPP log in required)


Secondary Care

Individual Funding Requests (NHSE)

CCG Notification of High Cost Excluded Drugs

Cancer Drug Fund (CDF) List

NHS England High Cost Drug List

Individual Funding Requests (CCG)

The Manual NHS England


Useful Websites

Yellow Card Scheme

Polypharmacy Formulary Chapter

NICE Evidence Search/ BNF

Drug Tariff

NHS Choices Patient Medicine Leaflets

Electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)

OTC Directory

CCG Incident Reporting Tool

SPS: Excipients: What are the general considerations for vegan patients?      


News Feed

British Menopause Society update on HRT supply shortages 09/08/2019

In response to the recent reports of HRT shortages, the British Menopause Society has produced an update on the current availability of HRT products. This provides guidance to BMS members, clinicians and patients who may be experiencing difficulties in obtaining HRT supplies. Please see here

Sunscreen ACBS guidance

Please note that the ACBS criteria for supplying sunscreen on prescription has been updated in the August Drug Tariff.

This replaces the old wider criteria and means that more patients will have to be advised to self-care as prescribers would be breaching their terms of service if they prescribed for patients not considered "severe".

The formulary has been updated to reflect this. Please see here

Emerade (adrenaline) Syringes- Medicines defect information

Bausch & Lomb UK limited has informed health care professionals of a risk of Emerade product failing to deliver a dose of adrenaline from the syringe due to blockage of the needle.Patients and their carers, who have been supplied with an Emerade device should  always carry two in-date adrenaline autoinjectors with them at all times. For more information please refer to medicines defect information.

Important drug supply issue affecting Salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup

For patients who do not have sufficient supplies to last until early August, clinicians should consider prescribing alternative options during this time including unlicensed supplies of Salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup. Clinicians will need to work with local pharmacies to understand more about the specific unlicensed products that can be sourced. Clinicians should refer to the UKMI memo for further advice if an unlicensed supply of Salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup is considered unsuitable.

FreeStyle Libre®

FreeStyle Libre® is AMBER on the Dorset formulary and therefore, following secondary care initiation, may be prescribed in primary care. 


Pfizer Epanutin® (phenytoin) 30mg/5ml oral suspension will be out of stock from the week commencing 10 June 2019 until late July 2019.

DHSC have published the following documents: 

Re: Interim supply arrangements for Epanutin® (phenytoin) 30mg/5ml oral suspension to mitigate supply disruption

Supply Disruption Alert - Epanutin® (phenytoin) 30mg/5ml Oral Suspension – Supply Disruption

Epanutin® PIL and SPC

DILANTIN® PIL and Monograph


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The Dorset Formulary aims to provide information on medicines supporting safe, evidence-based, cost-effective practice. Whilst the formulary contains links to relevant policies and guidelines, the prescriber retains the responsibility for the appropriate use of this information.

For further information on the development of the Dorset Formulary and participating organisations, please go to the About page. 

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