What is a Formulary?
There are thousands of medications available to prescribe in the UK. However, in order to ensure that you receive treatments that are supported by the best evidence and offer the most value for money for the NHS, prescribers should follow the local drug formulary. This is a list of preferred medications to be prescribed, often with first, second and third line options.
There are also lists of medications which are considered ‘less suitable for prescribing’ based on their safety data, lack of evidence of effectiveness and also costs. Some medications have to be supplied by hospitals or specialist centres only due to their monitoring requirements or because they are already funded as part of a package of care.