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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
Atorvastatin2.12 StatinsAtorvastatin 80mg daily for 12 months only is first-line statin in Acute Coronary Syndrome - consider simvastatin in all other patients, unless interactions preclude use. See NICE guidance on statins. 
Atracurium15.1.4.3 Opioid analgesicsAnaesthetics and ICU only 
Atropine15.1.2 Inhalational anaesthetics  
Atropine 1% Eye Drops 10ml11.5 Mydriatics and cycloplegics  
Atropine sulphate 1% minims11.5 Mydriatics and cycloplegics  
AvanafilSee online BNFTreatment of erectile dysfunction in adult men. To be used second line after generic sildenafil.  Approved December 2014 as a 2nd line treatment - alongside Cialis. Diabetes and Endo.   
Avandamet (rosiglitazone/metformin)6.1.2 antidiabetic drugs  
Aveeno cream13.2.1 Emollients  
Ayendi 720microgram/actuation nasal spray & Ayendi 1600 microgram /actuation nasal spraySee online BNFApproved April 2016 used as per the licensed indication for the treatment of acute severe nociceptive pain in children and adolescents 2 to15 years of age.  This will be administered on the PANDA ward and will not be sent home. 
Azacitidine8.1.3 AntimetabolitesHaematology only. Myelodysplastic syndromes in line with NICE 


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.