Medicines Formulary

Medicines Formulary is a list of medicines approved for use at the Trust.

Adults

For full details about which medicines we use when treating adults, see the Joint Medicines Formulary. This is used with other resources, such as the British National Formulary, product summaries, and prescribing guidelines, to ensure the safe and appropriate prescribing of medicines.

Children

The Paediatric Formulary provides guidance on the use of medicines approved for use in children by the Paediatric Formulary Committee (PFC). You can view it:

The Paediatric Formulary is intended for rapid reference and cannot always contain all the information necessary for prescribing, dispensing, or administration. It should be supplemented as necessary with specialist publications and manufacturers’ Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC).

How medicines are approved

The Medicines Formulary for adults is approved by a Joint Formulary Committee (JFC), which meets monthly. The JFC manages the introduction of new medicines for three trusts – King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust.

Its members - consultants, GPs and pharmacists - come from the three trusts and their host clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

Medicines recommended for use by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and NHS Specialised Services are automatically included in the Medicines Formulary. Proposals to include other medicines require a consultant to make a submission to the JFC.

NICE technology appraisals

Medicines which have been approved for use by NICE have been automatically included in our local formulary since 2005. See the NICE adherence checklists for information about how our formulary has adhered to positive NICE technology appraisal recommendations:

More information

If you have a question about the Medicines Formulary or the Paediatric Formulary, email kch-tr.FormularyKCH@nhs.net.

For further information about individual medicines and the conditions they treat, see the electronic Medicines Compendium.