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Southampton Joint Formulary

Welcome to the Southampton Joint Medicines Formulary

Useful Links

Shared care guidelines DPC medicines guidance
Immunoglobulin forms (UHS)

Formulary applications (UHS)

Formulary applications (Southampton CCG)

Southampton City CCG University Hospital Southampton
NHS England Specialised Commissioning Documents  NICE Guidance
NHS England Guidance for CCGs: Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care and implementation resources  NHS England Guidance for CCGs: Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care
Medication Shortages info (UHS Only) MHRA Central Alerting System
Medicines Learning Portal Medicine Safety Portal

 Covid-19 Resources

NICE Covid-19 Hub

Bringing together guidance, resources and other information that may help you.

Specialist Pharmacy Service Medicines Guidance Summaries

Summarises and signposts to medicine related guidance from professional and government bodies 

West Hampshire CCG COVID-19 Medicines Information

British Medical Journal (BMJ) Covid-19 Hub includes links to guidance  UHS COVID-19 Policies and Guidance (UHS staff only)


News Feed

Nov 2020: Following MHRA Safety Update on Opioids: risk of dependence and addiction (Sep 2020), Southampton City CCG has provided guidance for prescribers on tapering opioids with an accompanying patient letter. Links to these and other local and national guidance on pain or opioids are available in section 04.07.02 Opioid analgesics.

Nov 2020: Cumulative update list Southampton Medicines Formulary

Sept 2020: Home Office circular: cannabis-based medicine, Epidyolex, is to be placed in Schedule 5 to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.

April 2020: A joint letter from the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers and NHS England and Improvement’s’ National Medical Director to every NHS Trust in the country asks that all efforts are made to enrol patients into nationally prioritised clinical trials on COVID-19, and strongly discourages using off-licence treatments outside of a trial. Full letter here.

Drug Shortages or Discontinuations


The NHS in and around Southampton and West Hampshire reviews the use of medicines 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 safe, efficacious and cost effective medicines across the local healthcare community. The Southampton Joint Medicines Formulary follows recommendations from the DPC, and is for use by all primary and secondary care prescribers within Southampton (See 'about’).

This formulary provides a list of medicines available for routine prescribing or those available within certain criteria. Unless otherwise stated, the medicines selected are recommended as first choice, particularly for new patients. Those patients stabilised on other therapies may be switched to a formulary drug if and when clinically appropriate. 


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