Folder Joint Walsall Formulary - Medicine Management
Welcome to the Joint Walsall Formulary. NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust have agreed on the drugs listed on these web pages. This helps to make sure that treatments started in the hospital are available to patients when they are discharged back to the care of their GP.
The following pages are set out in the same format used by the British National Formulary (BNF); this is a reference used by all those involved in your healthcare (doctors, nurses and pharmacists).
Many drugs are only used to treat one disease but other drugs are used in a variety of diseases so may appear in more than one section of the formulary.
Drugs are listed in the following sections:
- Gastro-intestinal system
- Cardiovascular system
- Respiratory system
- Central nervous system
- Endocrine system
- Obstetrics, gynaecology, and urinary-tract disorders
- Malignant disease and immunosuppression
- Nutrition and blood
- Musculoskeletal and joint diseases
- Ear, nose, and oropharynx
- Immunological products and vaccines
Notes on using this formulary
Once you have chosen the required section, the drugs are listed in sub-sections, again in BNF order.
Alongside the drug name, there is a link to any local guidance and also to any relevant National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance or other nationally recognised guidance such as the British Thoracic Society (for asthma).
Local guidance is normally based on NICE recommendations, but this is not always possible. NICE will often make a recommendation but not specify where the drug should be used in relation to other treatments, where this is the case or where there is no NICE guidance at all, then the local formulary will be based on the best available clinical information at the time.
The processes and outcomes of the Formulary Committee, where these decisions are made, are available. For processes, please click here Formulary Processes. For new formulary drug application forms please access from here: New Formulary Drug Application Form. For redacted minutes, please click here Formulary Minutes.
Any insulin drug applications will need to comply with the RMOC guidance on insulin prescribing (access from: https://www.sps.nhs.uk/articles/insulin-preparations-rmoc-recommendations-of-safety-considerations-for-formulary-decision-making/).
Any doctor/consultant in Walsall can apply to have a drug on the Local Formulary; once the application is complete it will be considered at the next (monthly) meeting of the Formulary Committee. The Local Formulary is constantly being reviewed in the light of NICE guidance, new drugs and drug safety issues.
If, as a Walsall patient, you believe that you should be receiving a drug for a particular disease that is not in the Formulary, you should talk to your GP or consultant in the first instance.
Further technical information on individual drugs can be obtained from the Electronic Medicines Compendium website under the SPC for the individual drug nameÂ http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/
Patient Information Leaflets are also available from this site under the PIL for the individual drug
Another excellent source of information about drugs and disease can be found at the Patient. co.uk website:Â http://www.patient.co.uk/
NICE also provides patient information:Â http://www.nice.org.uk/patientsandpublic/index.jsp
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