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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
Welcome to the Dorset Formulary

Useful Links

NICE bites


DMAG Summary

Drug supply issues for primary care October 2018

Yellow Card Scheme Clinical Knowledge Summaries  Traffic Light Categorisations

 Guidance on situations involving private prescribing

Guidance on issuing prescriptions for items cheaper than a prescription charge


New Formulary Proposal Form September 2018 

Notification of High Cost Excluded Drugs

Individual Funding Requests (CCG) 

Individual Funding Requests (NHS England) 


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

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

SCAN Guidelines for antibiotic prescribing in the community 2018

SPS guidance on alternatives to solid dosage forms

NHSE OTC patient information leaflet

NHSE OTC support document

PrescQipp OTC resources (log in required)

NHS England

Medicines Shortage Guidance  

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News Feed

 Epipen Latest News 03/12/2018

Update on Protocol on Dispensing of Adrenaline Auto-Injectors, 150microgram applying from 29th November 2018 

Temporary shortage of Bricanyl Turbohalers - refer to shortage memo

Epipen Latest News 13/11/2018

Revised - INTERIM PROTOCOL ON DISPENSING OF ADRENALINE AUTOINJECTORS, 150microgram applying from 5 November 2018 until further notification

Pharmacy and Dispensing Practice Q&A regarding EpiPen and EpiPen Junior Supply issue

Epipen Latest News 19/10/2018

EpiPen 150 Microgram Validation Protocol

AAI Q&As for Pharmacies and Dispensing Practices 16 10 2018

List of Jext AAIs with extended expiry dates

Epipen Latest News 15/10/2018

Adrenaline for anaphylaxis kits - a reminder to Health Care Professionals

Update: EpiPen and EpiPen Junior (adrenaline auto-injector devices) – Supply Disruption 15/10/2018

Letter to all patients/users of Junior Epipen (shared through GPs) 15/10/2018

The Department of Health and Social Care (DSHC) has clarified that although the expiry dates for the Epipen junior will not be extended, the following paragraph in the CAS alert (page 5) applies to all adrenaline auto injectors:

Whilst at present it is believed careful management of existing supply will avoid the need to use expired devices other than for batch numbers where it is known to be safe to do so, patients should be advised not to dispose of their expired devices until they have replaced them. This is because AAIs will not actively cause harm if used after expiry but they may be less effective at treating the anaphylactic episode as the potency of the adrenaline gradually reduces (and is also dependent on the conditions they were stored in). It is still preferable to use a device even if it has expired, rather than no device at all, if an in-date device is not available. 

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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.

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