Ashtons Launches New Electronic Formulary to Improve Clinical Outcomes for Patients
Ashtons Hospital Pharmacy Services, the UK’s leading provider of medicines management solutions, has launched a new Formulary as a crucial tool for improving prescribing decisions and providing the best treatment for patients, improving safety and ultimately, clinical outcomes.
The Formulary, accessible through Ashtons’ Live View System, its bespoke platform to manage pharmacy audit information, has been developed for use by healthcare providers to provide guidance of the use of medication in line with national guidelines and best practice. This includes guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN). It also reflects the recommendations of established clinical guidelines, such as the Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines and the British Association of Psychopharmacology.
The Formulary has been designed to be as inclusive as possible, meaning healthcare professionals are not restricted in what they can prescribe. By using the extensive information in the Formulary, they can be confident that they have the full evidence base, helping them make better prescribing decisions.
The Formulary provides a wide range of clinical information, including:
- Whether medicines are licensed for the condition they are prescribed, aiding compliance with the General Medical Council’s (GMC) guidance on the use of unlicensed medicines
- Details of appropriate doses for off-label use
- A RAG rating to highlight which member of the clinical team should lead the prescribing for listed medication, ensuring direct supervision by a patient’s consultant where required
- The cost of medicines, allowing prescribers to make informed decisions on a drug’s cost-effectiveness
In addition, each medicine in the Formulary has an individual monograph, listing further prescribing information, including which tests are recommended, prescribing information for patients in special groups (e.g. those with swallowing difficulties or renal failure), recommendations for counselling patients when prescribing and a comparison of the medicine’s side effects compared to other medicines in the class.
Laurence Sprey, managing director, Ashtons Pharmacy Hospital Services said: “We are always looking for new ways to support our clients. The Formulary has been developed to provide more high-quality information which will help them improve the way medicines are prescribed and provide better care and clinical outcomes for their patients.”