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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
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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

Shortage update

Phenytoin suspension shortage has now resolved. 

Mianserin tablets out of stock until the end of 2019, unlicensed imports are available.

Tiagabine tablets due to be out of stock until end of October 2019 once limited remaining stock exhausted.  Please review which patients are likely to have insufficient supplies to last and order unlicensed imports as necessary.  For patients who unlicensed supplies are not appropriate, please refer to secondary care for review.

Capsaicin 0.075% and 0.025% cream are both out of stock until at least November 2019.  Please see SPS guidance for details.

Shortage of progestogen only contraceptive pills

6th September 2019

There is a current shortage of Noriday and Norgeston brands of progestogen only contraceptive pills.  Noriday should be available again at the end of September, and Norgeston at the end of October.  There are no current issues with the supply of desogestrel (Cerazette). 


Shortage of Sayana Press

August 23, 2019

Pfizer, the sole supplier of Sayana Press (medroxyprogesterone acetate 104mg) in the UK,  have informed the Department of Health and Social Care that due to  manufacturing delays, Sayana Press will be out of stock until at least the end of 2019.

Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate 150mg) is currently available and able to support the market during this time, should clinicians deem a switch appropriate.

23-08-2019 HRT Supply Issues

Please see here for information on HRT supply issues

Shortage of Loestrin 20 and 30

There is a current manufacturing problem with Loestrin 20 and 30, and there is no date for when this will be resolved.  The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare recommend that a 30mcgEE/NET COC (Ovranette®/Microgynon®/Rigevidon®) can be considered first line CHC. If this is not tolerated, there is not clear evidence to inform a recommendation favouring any one 20/30mcg EE COC over any other based on progestogen content.

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

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