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North Staffordshire Joint Formulary
North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group
 Formulary Chapter 5: Infections - Full Chapter

Please note that Primary and Secondary Care have separate antimicrobial guidelines; Secondary Care utilises a UHNM Trust-specific antimicrobial formulary (note that the UHNM antimicrobial guidelines [microguide] can also be downloaded on smartphones).

These can be found at:

For Primary Care, the Antimicrobial Guidelines can be accessed on netFormulary via this link: 2019 STAFFORDSHIRE AND STOKE-ON-TRENT ANTIMICROBIAL PRESCRIBING GUIDELINES –MANAGING COMMON INFECTIONS IN PRIMARY CARE

For Secondary Care on the UHNM intranet by following: http://uhnm/clinicians/clinical-guidance/clinical-guidelines-and-pathways/antimicrobial/

Patients with HIV are treated according to the NICE accredited British HIV Association (BHIVA) guidelines which can be found at

 Details...  Expand sub section  Other beta-lactums antibiotics
Aztreonam lysine powder nebuliser solution
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75 mg powder and solvent for nebuliser solution (with Altera Nebuliser Handset)

Restriction: In accordance with NHS England prescribing policy.

This is an NHS England Specialised Commissioning Drug for Cystic Fibrosis

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Status Description


Medicines that can only be prescribed within Secondary Care. Examples of medicines which fall into this category are: Certain new medicines and new indications for older medicines where there is at present no experience of use in Primary Care. Medicines or dressings not available or prescribable in Primary Care. Where a medicine has been classified as Amber E, but an approved shared-care guideline is not yet available   


Medicines which can be prescribed within Secondary Care, but are only suitable for prescribing in Primary Care after specialist referral. There is no need for approved shared care guidelines for medicines in this category. This replaces Amber 2 on the North Staffs Formulary.   

Amber E

Medicines which can be prescribed within Secondary Care, but are only considered suitable for prescribing in Primary Care under an approved shared-care agreement (ESCA) or Rationale for Initiation, Continuation and Discontinuation (RICaD). This replaces Amber 1 on the North Staffs Formulary  


Medicines which can be prescribed in either Primary or Secondary Care.  


These medicines have been reviewed by the New Medicines Committee and the Area Prescribing Committee and found not to be suitable for inclusion in the Joint Formulary. Inadequate or weak evidence for efficacy No clearly defined local need Lack of long term safety data No perceived benefit over established formulary alternatives Prescribers can consider these medicines where formulary alternatives are unsuitable, ineffective or not tolerated.