Introduction to Formulary

This formulary is intended for the use of clinicians within the North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and focuses on medicines prescribed in primary care.

Medicines are reviewed for inclusion through the Basingstoke, Southampton and Winchester District Prescribing Committee (DPC). The main aim of the DPC is to ensure that there is a consistent approach to prescribing the most effective, safest and cost effective medicines across the local healthcare community. The CCG Medicines Optimisation Clinical Steering Group discusses and endorses the recommendations of the DPC and these are then incorporated into the formulary.

This formulary provides a list of medicines recommended for routine prescribing or those available under certain criteria. Patients stabilised on other therapies may be switched to a formulary drug if and when clinically appropriate.

It is recognised that in the best interests of patient care there will be situations when medicines that are not on the formulary may be required. If a non-formulary drug is requested on a wider scale, a formulary application should be made.


The formulary has been arranged by BNF chapter. A number of medicines are indicated for the treatment of more than one condition but will only be listed within those chapters where it is a product of choice.

A traffic light classification has been adopted to advise on prescribing responsibility between specialists and primary care as described below:

Red – medicines suitable for use in specialist settings only

Amber – usually specialist initiated/recommended but suitable for continuation in primary care. Shared care agreements may exist

Green – suitable for prescribing by all in both primary and secondary care

Medicines recommended for hospital use only and those not supported by the DPC are included at the end of each chapter for information.

The formularies below are produced by the West Hampshire CCG and are adopted by CCGs in North Hampshire and Southampton. For more information about formularies please visit the West Hampshire CCG website here.

Formulary- Anaesthesia (Dec 2017)
Formulary- Cardiovascular System Update (Dec 2017)
Formulary- Nervous System Update (March 2018)
Formulary -Ear, Nose & Oropharynx Update (Dec 2017)
Formulary- Endocrine system Update (Dec 2017)
Formulary- Eye (Dec 2017)
Formulary- Gastro-intestinal system (Dec 2017)
Formulary- Immunological products & Vaccines (Dec 2017)
Formulary-Infection (Dec 2017)
Formulary-Immune system & malignant disease (Dec 2017)
Formulary- Musculoskeletal (Dec 2017)
Formulary-Blood & Nutrition Update (March 2018)
Formulary- Genito-Urinary system (Nov 2017)
Formulary- Respiratory System (Dec 2017)
Formulary- Skin (Dec 2017)
Formulary - Continence June 2015
Formulary - Gluten free prescribing guidelines June 2018
Formulary - Oral Nutritional Supplements 2017
Formulary - Wounds (Oct 2016)
To view the current Red Drug List please click here
NHCCG GP Inappropriate Referral Letter 2013-01v3
NHCCG Preferred Drugs List January 2018
NHCCG preferred drugs list update - Summary January 2018
IS BGTS Lancets and Needles Info