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

Covid-19 Resources

NICE NG166: Covid-19 Rapid Guideline - Severe Asthma NICE NG165: Covid-19 Rapid Guideline - managing suspected or confirmed penumonia in adults in the community NICE NG163: Covid-19 Rapid Guideline - managing symptoms (including end of life) in the community Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) resource page

 COVID-19 Interim Guidance for prescribers around COPD & Asthma Rescue Packs


 Managing Vitamin B12 Injections during COVID

 Guidance on the safe switching of warfarin to DOACs (NHSE March 2020)


Support to move from MDS to original packs

Care Homes

Domicillary Care

COVID 19: Temporary guidance on Denosumab  Useful resources from SPS including drug monitoring for lithium, warfarin, DMARDs etc. during COVID 19  Prescribing in primary and community care during COVID 19 outbreak

Dorset Medicines Advisory Group (DMAG)

(For previous DMAG summaries please see further below)

DMAG Summary January 2020 DMAG Annual Report 2018-2019

Drug Decision Making Process

Traffic Light Categorisation

Formulary Proposal Form Shared Care Guideline Template

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? Central Alerting System (CAS) homepage  Sexual Health Dorset - Pathways  

Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) resource page

Dorset Medicines Advisory Group (DMAG) Historical Summaries of Recommendations

DMAG Summary January 2020 DMAG Summary November 2019
DMAG Summary September 2019

DMAG Summary July 2019


News Feed

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Esmya 5mg tablets, EU/1/12/750/001-5, (EL(20)A/16)

See full drug alert here

Gedeon Richter (UK) Ltd is recalling all unexpired stock of Esmya 5 mg tablets from patients, pharmacies and wholesalers following a new case of liver failure requiring liver transplant in a patient taking the medicine.

Advice for healthcare professionals

Contact patients who have been supplied Esmya and ask them to stop taking their medication as soon as possible and return any unused medicine to their pharmacy. All patients currently being treated with Esmya/ulipristal acetate for uterine fibroids should contact their doctor for advice about other possible treatments for uterine fibroids.

Stop supplying the above products immediately and remove from the shelves within your store. Quarantine all remaining stock and return it to your supplier using your supplier’s approved process.

Stop prescribing Esmya or generic ulipristal acetate for the treatment of uterine fibroids. No new patients should start treatment with the medicines, which has been suspended throughout the EU during the review. Consider other treatment options as appropriate.

Liver function testing should be performed 2- 4 weeks after treatment has stopped as described in the product information for the medicines.

Healthcare professionals should alert patients to immediately report signs and symptoms of liver injury (such as nausea, vomiting, right hypochondrial pain, anorexia, asthenia, jaundice) which could occur after stopping treatment.

Class 2 Medicines Recall: LEO Laboratories Ltd, Picato 150 mcg/g gel

See full drug alert here

LEO Laboratories Ltd (T/A LEO Pharma) is recalling all unexpired stock of the above products from pharmacies and wholesalers as a precautionary measure due to concerns on the possible risk of skin malignancy. The recall is a precautionary measure following the suspension of the marketing authorisation of Picato (ingenol mebutate), while investigations are ongoing.

Advice for healthcare professionals

  • Stop supplying the above products immediately. Quarantine all remaining stock and return it to your supplier using your supplier's approved process.

  • Stop prescribing Picato and consider other treatment options as appropriate. For patients who have recently been prescribed Picato, advise patients to be vigilant for any skin lesions developing and to seek medical advice promptly should any occur.


Magnesium Hydroxide Mixture Shortage

Due to difficulties obtaining raw materials, there are currently no stocks of magnesium hydroxide mixture. The earliest anticipated return date is Feb 2020. Alternative laxatives will be required in the interim (lactulose and macrogol being alternative osmotic laxatives). 

03/12/2019 - We are now in Flu Season 

Surveillance data indicates an increase in influenza cases in the community. Prescribers may now prescribe and pharmacists may now supply antiviral medicines for the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza at NHS expense.  

Please see here for further information 

Shortages update - 28th October

Opicapone 50mg capsules will be out of stock from mid-November to mid-January 2020 - see CAS alert for details.

Fluoxetine 10mg capsules are now available therefore the SSP has been withdrawn.  The SSPs for 30mg and 40mg capsules are still in place.

Paroxetine oral solution is out of stock from the end of October to January 2020.  Unlicensed imports are available; the tablets can also be crushed and mixed with water (note this is off-label and the tablets are bitter with slight local anaesthetic effects).

Nifedipine 5mg and 10mg capsules

Adalat brand was discontinued earlier in the year.

Generic brand is now available from Relonchem

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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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