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Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS Birmingham and Solihull Formulary

Useful Links

Primary Care Antimicrobial Guidelines
Chapter 5.6 has indication specific guidance for antimicrobial therapy

National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS)
NHS England have launched a simplified form that enables GPs to report patient safety incidents (including prescribing errors) directly into the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) from their webpage.

MHRA Yellow Card Scheme
The Yellow Card Scheme now supports the reporting of all suspected problems or incidents to all healthcare products, not just suspected side effects to medicines.

Additional Information Links
BNF - Web Version NICE guidance

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Welcome to the NEW Birmingham And Solihull CCG Formulary.

Have you seen our new online antibiotic guidance
Listed by indication and detailing all relevant dose instructions. Click here to view

What is a Formulary?

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A formulary is a locally maintained document which lists the medicines that are deemed suitable for prescribing within the Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull health economy.

Medicines that are included on the local formulary are assessed by a committee of clinicians and medicines experts for their suitability for local use. The Area Prescribing Committee (BSSE APC).

The committee will generally assess medicines in terms of safety, clinical effectiveness, cost effectiveness and patient preferences.

  • Most medicines accepted for use will be prescribable by primary and secondary care.
  • Some medicines will be prescribable in line with an APC approved ESCA or RICaD.
  • Some medicisnes will only be prescribable in hospital settings.
  • Some medicines won't be included on the formulary at all.

All prescribers are expected to take into account whether the medicine they intend to prescribe is on the formulary.

Use of the formulary is not mandatory but prescribers are strongly encouraged to consider formulary medicines first.

Please be aware this formulary website is live information that is updated regularly.

We welcome any feedback you may have regarding layout, accuracy and any additional information that would be of benefit when selecting medication.

You can email us feedback using the 'Feedback' option located in the top menu of this page and we will review your comments to continually improve the service.


The Area Prescribing Committee (BSSE APC) includes:-


NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group



University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Formulary

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


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Status Description

Green Formulary Status

These preparations are prescribable within primary and secondary care and are considered first line  


Amber Formulary Status

These medicines are considered suitable for prescribing in primary care following specialist initiation or recommendation to initiate therapy.

Some of these medicines require on-going communication between the secondary specialist and primary care prescriber through the use of an Effective Shared Care Agreement (ESCA).


Red Formulary Status 

These drugs are for specialist use only. The prescribing and supply of these medication must remain with the hospital. They should not be prescribed in primary care.

Please add all RED agents to the patients record as a THIRD PARTY prescribed drug

Red Hospital Only

Red HOSPITAL ONLY Formulary Status

These drugs are for specialist use only. They should not be prescribed in primary care and prescribing is retained within secondary care. Such medications require specialist knowledge, monitoring, dose adjustments or further evaluation while in use.

Please add all RED agents to the patients record as a THIRD PARTY prescribed drug


Black Formulary Status

Non - formulary - Decision following Area Prescribing Committee review

NICE Approved NICE Approved Formulary Status
Drugs which are approved by NICE in a technology appraisal are available for use in the Trust. All other drugs are available on Consultant request provided the request is authorized by a medical director or an officer of the Drug and Therapeutics committee.
Blue Variable Formulary Status
The Blue Status only denotes a variable formulary status, thus prescribing should follow the individual formulary status as listed in the section on the right hand side.

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