NICE launches local formulary guidance

NICE has launched its good practice guide on developing and updating local formularies, which is aimed at helping organisations ensure that their local formularies are fit for purpose and comply with statutory guidance. There are many potential benefits of local formularies – including improving outcomes by optimising medicines use, improving collaboration between clinicians, supporting prescribers in following the guidance of their regulatory bodies, reducing inappropriate variations in care – but they should not act as barriers to the uptake of NICE-approved medicines.

NICE announced its plan for this guide earlier in 2012, after a Department of Health report made clear that medicines receiving a NICE recommendation should, if clinically appropriate, be included in local formularies within 90 days and that local formulary processes should not be attempting to duplicate NICE assessments.