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

NICE bites


DMAG Summary

Drug Decision Making Process 


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 

Shared Care Guideline Template

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



 Dorset Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain: Resource Pack

Letter from National Medical Director (NHSE) re: OTC prescribing

NHSE OTC patient information leaflet

NHSE OTC support document

PrescQipp OTC resources (log in required)

NHS England

Medicines Shortage Guidance  


EU Exit - FAQ Medicines questions

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Loss of formulary mobile application 

The NetFormulary mobile application will no longer be available for use in Dorset as of May 2019.

This decision was based on the use of the application throughout Dorset, the increased access to technology for mobile healthcare teams and the functionality of the application and cost. This decision was approved by the Dorset Medicines Advisory Group of which clinicians from primary and secondary care are members.

 It is recommended that if you wish to access the formulary from your mobile phone, then to use the internet browser and use the mobile website:



Metoprolol shortage of supply 

Please see here for details on the intermittent supply issues affecting metoprolol 50mg and 100mg. This document provides suggestions for alternative agents and management options. 


Future availability of Adalat® (nifedipine) products

Please see here for details on the supply of Adalat® - There will be some out of stock periods for some preparations and long-term discontinuations.



The Dorset Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain: Resource Pack is now avalible

This is available on the front page of the formulary and can be found in chapter 04.07.02 (Opioid analgesics) in the links section at the bottom of the page.  

Alternatively, see here.

30/01/2019 Shortage of Carbagen® (carbamazepine) tablets

There is a shortage of Carbagen® IR tablets and PR tablets. This shortage is expected to last until mid/late 2019.

Please see the SPS information here for further details. 

10/01/2019 - Clexane® 40mg (enoxaparin) not available. Inhixa® biosimilar available 

Clexane® 40mg is currently unavailable. This shortage is expected to last until the end of February 2019. The biosimilar enoxaparin 40mg (Inhixa®) is currently available

Information on patient administration for Inhixa® is available here and also can be found under the formulary entry. 

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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. 

Comments about any aspect of the formulary can be made by using the feedback tab at the top of this page.

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