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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
Palacos Bone Cement10.1.5 Miscellaneous  
Palacos R Gentamicin Bone Cement10.1.5 Miscellaneous  
Pancrease1.9.4 Pancreatin  
Pancuronium15.1.4.3 Opioid analgesicsAnaesthetics only 
Papaverine7.4.4 Maintenance of indwelling urinary cathetersUrology consultants only 
Paracalcitol9.6.4 Vitamin DFor prevention and treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism associated with chronic renal failure in patients on haemodialysis.Is approved for use on the formulary and unlimited individual funding requests will be acceptable. This will also require individual funding requests to be made to the PCT each time use is requested and funding should be approved by the PCT prior to use. Approved as per above March 2012  
Paracetamol Intravenous Infusion4.7.1 Non-opioid analgesics  
Paracetamol Oral Tablets4.7.1 Non-opioid analgesics  
Paraldehyde4.8.2 Drugs used in status epilepticusApproved for adults and paediatrics  
Parecoxib15.1.4.1 Anxiolytics and neurolepticsConsultant Anaesthetists and Mr Jari, Orthopaedic Surgeon, only. 


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.