netFormulary Sunderland Joint Formulary NHS
NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Welcome to the Sunderland Joint Formulary

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Sunderland CCG website Prescribing guidelines  Shared care guidelines and Green+ information leaflets Useful prescribing information 
PGDs  Antibiotic prescribing guidelines Guidelines on Red/Amber/Green (RAG) system of classifying drugs 


Emollient guidelines and formulary  Wound management formulary  Oral nutritional supplements GP formulary  Deprescribing guideline STOPPFrail
Freedom of information Red/Amber/Green (RAG) list Joint Formulary application form and amendment form  NICE
Sunderland NICE TA compliance Spreadsheet Latest decision summaries NHS England prescribing responsibilities between primary and secondary care DROP list

The Sunderland Joint Formulary consists of medicines, which have been recommended by the Joint Formulary Committee in conjunction with Consultants, GPs and other prescribers.   The contents of the formulary are supported by:

Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group

City Hospitals Sunderland

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

The range of medicines included in this formulary is intended to encourage safe, effective and economical prescribing.  Having a common range of medicines available for use in the Sunderland area should help enable safe and effective transfer of prescribing from secondary to primary care.  This should facilitate continuity of treatment and minimise supply problems.  These medicines are routinely available to prescribe within the Sunderland health community, but the use of some may be restricted to particular specialities for safety reasons.  Medicines in the formulary are listed in chapters and subsections that generally correspond with those in the legacy British National Formulary (BNF).

Where appropriate the formulary gives information as to which drugs are regarded as being the first choice and alternatives. However, it is not intended to be a comprehensive prescribing guide or to replace the BNF or BNF for children. Where no ranking of drugs is stated, products are listed alphabetically.  Products are flagged to indicate if they are designated as hospital only (‘red’), suitable for shared care (‘amber’), or ‘green plus’.  Drugs not identified in the formulary by a red, amber or green+ symbol are classified as green, and may be freely prescribed in primary care.  Hospital doctors should not ask GPs to prescribe hospital only medicines (‘red’ drugs) unless there is a very exceptional reason and agreement with the GP.

Recommended International Non-proprietary Names (rINNs) are used throughout the text, but proprietary names are used for some combination and modified release products, where brand name prescribing is recommended, or to clarify which product is listed.

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