Updated Live View and the new Ashtons Formulary

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Ashtons Live View has come a long way since it was created in 2014. We have redesigned the Live View homepage to make accessing all of the features and resources as easy as possible. As part of the latest developments, you will now have easy access to the new Ashtons Formulary, as well as our library of clinical guidelines from NICE, the MHRA, and NHS England. In addition, we have provided links to past issues of Ashtons Pharmacy News, and the Live View user manual, along with MaPPs, Choice and Medication, and the NEWT guidelines.

The Ashtons Formulary aims to provide clinicians with information on the use of medication in line with national guidelines and best practice. We are always looking for new ways to provide more high-quality information for you, and our latest development is no exception. Developed within Ashtons exclusively for our clients, it is an ongoing project starting with medicines from Chapter 4 of the British National Formulary (BNF). The range of drugs will increase over time, and the information will be constantly updated.

The Formulary is designed to be as supportive as possible, meaning prescribers should not be restricted in what they can prescribe. However, by taking into account the advice in the Formulary, prescribers can be confident that they are following the relevant evidence base for treatment, and will be given background information to ensure all factors are considered when making a prescribing decision.

A wide range of clinical information

The Formulary will provide a wide range of clinical information, including:

  • Whether medicines are licensed for the condition they are prescribed, aiding compliance with the GMC’s guidance on unlicensed use of 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 a drug, depending on local policy
  • The cost of medicines, allowing prescribers to make informed decisions on a drug’s cost effectiveness

Individual medicine monographs

Each medicine has an individual monograph, listing further prescribing information, including:

  • What monitoring and tests are recommended, both before and during treatment
  • Prescribing information for patients in special groups, (e.g. those with swallowing difficulties or renal failure)
  • Recommendations for prescribers on counselling patients when prescribing
  • A comparison of the medicine’s side-effects against other medicines within the class

Easy access to external information

The Formulary provides quick and easy access to relevant external information including:

  • Patient Information Leaflets (PILs)
  • BNF entries
  • NEWT guidelines for patients with swallowing difficulties
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