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Monday 27 September 2021
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This is an electronic version of our Formulary written in conjunction with the Medicine Management Committee and the Pharmacy department.   The purpose of the Formulary is:

  • To promote safe, rational and cost effective prescribing within the Trust.
  • To help select the most appropriate drug amongst the many available.


This formulary is intended to act as a rapid reference source.  It is intended for the guidance of medical practitioners, nurses and other healthcare workers.


For local GPs and Non-medical prescribers working in the community there is the Greater Manchester Joint Formulary produced by the Greater Manchester Medicines Management Group (GMMMG).  The formulary ensures that patients receive seamless care across the primary-secondary care interface and reduces the need for switching programmes. All medicines recommended for use in the NHS in a NICE Technology Assessment (TA) are approved for use in Greater Manchester, the GMMMG site provides a list of medicines with a positive recommendation from  NICE and provides links to these TAs in the GMMMG formulary.  In the SRFT formulary below all the drugs with a positive NICE TA that are applicable to SRFT are included in the formulary.


How to use

All medicines are listed alphabetically using the generic name where possible.  Some brand names are used.


  1. Type the drug name in the 'Keywords' box

  2. Click on the 'Search' button

  3. Within the results, click on the 'generic name' of the medicine you are looking for.

  4. Click on the 'Link' - this will take you to further information that talks about that medicine. 



Drug NameBNF CategoryComment / Usage RestrictionsDetails
Naftidofuryl2.6.4 Peripheral vasodilators and related drugsVascular surgery only. In line with NICE guidance for intermitten claudication in peripheral arterial disease 
Nalidixic Acid5.1.13 Urinary Tract Infections  
Naloxegol 1.6.6 Peripheral opioid-receptor antagonists Approved for use by Bowel function service and all Gastroenterologists as per NICE TA 345. Oct 15  MMG approved; Oct 2016 reviewed at MMG Exec. An individual funding request is still required for patients falling outside the NICE criteria  
Naloxone15.1.7 Antagonists for central and respiratory depressionBoth amps and minijets available. Note: Naloxone 400 micrograms 1ml minijet only to be stocked in surgery. Audit forms must be completed when used. Updated entry approved by MMG Oct 2013  
Naltrexone4.10 Drugs used in substance dependenceRefer to Mental Illness Unit, For use in line with NICE guidance. 
Naproxen10.1.1 Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs  
Natalizumab8.2.4 Other immunomodulating drugsAn option for rapidly evolving severe relapsing remitting MS. For use by neurology only in line with NICE guidance. 
Nateglinide6.1.2 antidiabetic drugs  
Nebido6.4.2 Male sex hormones and antagonistsEndocrinology only 
Nebivolol2.4 Beta-adrenoceptor blocking drugsOnly to be initiated by cardiologists and elderly care physicians with special interest in Heart failure 


All material in this section is aimed at health professionals, but is information currently held within the public domain.   Members of the public seeking advice on medicine-related matters are encouraged to speak with their GP, pharmacist or nurse, or contact NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.