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The medicines formulary

The medicines formulary is a list of medicines approved for use in adults. It is used alongside other resources to ensure the safe and appropriate prescribing of medicines for patients. These resources include:

  • the British National Formulary
  • summaries of product characteristics
  • local, regional and national clinical and prescribing guidelines.

For further information about individual medicines and the conditions they treat, please see the medicines A-Z on the NHS website.

Access the medicines formulary

You can access the formulary on the South East London Joint Medicines Formulary website.

How medicines are approved

The introduction of new medicines to the medicines formulary is managed by the South East London Medicines and Pathways Review Group (MPRG) and the Joint Formulary Committee (JFC). The MPRG and JFC assess requests from Guy’s and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

The MPRG and JFC meets monthly and members (consultants, GPs and pharmacists) come from the three trusts and their host clinical commissioning groups.

Medicines recommended for use by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and NHS Specialised Services are automatically included in the medicines formulary. Proposals to include other medicines require a consultant to make a submission to the formulary pharmacist.

Positive NICE technology appraisals

Medicines which have been approved for use by NICE have been automatically included in our local formulary since 2005. 

See the NICE adherence checklists for information about how our formulary has adhered to positive NICE technology appraisal recommendations:

The paediatric formulary

Our paediatric formulary provides guidance on the use of medicines approved for use in children by the paediatric formulary committee.

For more information, visit the Evelina London Children's Healthcare website.

Further information

If you have a question about the about the medicines formulary, please contact