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

NPA - Shortages

DHSC - 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


News Feed

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



Information on supply issues for diamorphine and Microgynon 30® has been uploaded

08th May 2019 - Flu season has ended

Please see details here.

Guidance documents can be found here for out of season influenza prescribing. Alternatively, search the term "fluoos" is the search bar.


Epanutin® 50 mg Infatabs (phenytoin)  temporary supply issue

 Please see here for details on the supply issues affecting Epanutin 50mg Infatabs. 

Labetalol shortage of supply

Please see here for details on the supply issues affecting labetalol tablets.

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Getting started: Use the search tool to find medicine of interest or browse by BNF chapter using the 'Chapters' Menu at top of page.

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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