Welcome to the Joint Walsall Formulary. Both the Clinical Commissioning Group and Walsall Healthcare Trust have agreed the drugs listed on the following pages. The helps to make sure that treatments started in hospital are available to patients when they are discharged back to the care of their GP.
The following pages are set out in the same format used by the British National Formulary (BNF); this is a reference used by all those involved in your healthcare (doctors, nurses and pharmacists).
Many drugs are only used to treat one disease but other drugs are used in a variety of diseases so may appear in more than one section of the formulary.
Notes on using this Formulary
Once you have chosen the required section, the drugs are listed in sub-sections, again in BNF order.
Alongside the drug name there is a link to any local guidance and also to any relevant National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance or other nationally recognised guidance such as the British Thoracic Society (for asthma).
Local guidance is normally based on NICE recommendations but this is not always possible. NICE will often make a recommendation but not specify where the drug should be used in relation to other treatments, where this is the case or where there is no NICE guidance at all, then the local formulary will be based on the best available clinical information at the time.
The processes and outcomes of the Formulary Committee, where these decisions are made, are available here. Any doctor/consultant in Walsall can apply to have a drug on the Local Formulary; once the application is complete it will be considered at the next (monthly) meeting of the Formulary Committee. The Local Formulary is constantly being reviewed in the light of NICE guidance, new drugs and drug safety issues.
If, as a Walsall patient, you believe that you should be receiving a drug for a particular disease that is not in the Formulary, you should talk to your GP or consultant in the first instance.
Further technical information on individual drugs can be obtained from the Electronic Medicines Compendium website under the SPC for the individual drug name
Patient Information Leaflets are also available from this site under the PIL for the individual drug
Another excellent source of information about drugs and disease can be found at the Patient. co.uk
You can report suspected side effects (also known as adverse drug reactions) to a medicine, vaccine, herbal or complementary remedy either to your GP, consultant or local pharmacist or direct via the Yellow Card Scheme, run by the MHRA and the Commission on Human Medicines. This scheme is used to collect information from both health professionals and the general public on suspected side effects in order to monitor the safety of drugs that are prescribed in the UK.