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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
Rabeprazole1.3.5 Proton pump inhibitors - see Salford PPI Strategy and GuidelinesGastroenterologists and Gastroenterology Surgeons only 
Racecadotril1.4.3 Enkephalinase inhibitorsApproved for use in adults it is for the symptomatic treatment of acute diarrhoea when causal treatment is not possible. 
Raloxifene6.4.1.1 Estrogens and HRTRheumatology and endocrinology only. NB NICE do not recommend for primary prevention of osteoporosis. 
Ramipril2.5.5.1 Angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors (see guidance document for more information)Prevention of cardiovascular mortality in patients at high risk of cardiovascular events 
Ranitidine1.3.1 H2-receptor antagonistsApproved for adults and paediatrics  
Ranolazine2.6.3 Other anti-anginal drugsOnly to be initiated by Consultant Cardiologists or Consultant Geriatricians. 
Rasagiline4.9.1 Dopaminergic drugs used in parkinsonismAdjunct therapy by Specialist Parkinson's disease clinics only within Neurology and Elderly care directorates 
Rasburicase10.1.4. Gout and cytotoxic induced hyperuricaemiaConsultant haematologist only 
Reboxetine4.3.4 Other antidepressant drugsFor use in accordance with Acute Stroke Protocols 
Regional citrate anti-coagulationSee online BNFFor use as regional citrate anticoagulation (CRA) for patients receiving haemofiltration Approved June 2015  


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.