Dumfries & Galloway Health Board
Prescribing Support Team

NHS Dumfries & Galloway Joint Formulary

Posted: 23 Mar 22

This is the latest list of formulary drug options. A number of sections are under review, notably use of anticoagulants for NV- AF and VTE/PE. The review of the formulary is on an annual rotational programme. Changes will be made out with this schedule when necessary.

NHS Dumfries & Galloway formulary offers guidance on the first and second choice drugs across the complete range of therapeutic areas. Prescribing by following guidance in a formulary is one of the many strategies designed to maximise health gain from our prescribing budget. Its place, is to promote evidence-based cost effective prescribing across primary and secondary care. Access to the Word document is available by clicking on the download option below. This lists all drugs under BNF codes.

The electronic formulary, which is installed into all EMIS practices and Vision practice, is disease specific. For example if the diagnosis was Impetigo by typing in .IM in the top section of the drug formulary screen, the first choice complete with doses would populate the fields.

Before any drug is placed in the formulary we will have reached an agreement with secondary care that they stock the formulary choice to ensure continuity of medicines.

The D & G joint formulary does not of course take away prescriber’s rights to determine what is clinically most appropriate for their patients, nor their responsibility for that decision. There will always be additions and deletions to be made; improvements to the electronic format; audits of compliance to be carried out and public access to be enabled if the Formulary is to remain a ‘live’ and relevant document.