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How we approve medicines – the paediatric formulary

Medicines inside pharmacy

Staff working in pharmacyOur paediatric formulary, provides guidance on the use of medicines approved for use in children. 

It is used alongside other resources to ensure the safe prescribing of medicines for our young patients. These resources include:

We produce the formulary with the children’s services departments at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

For further information about medicines and the conditions they treat, please see the Medicines for Children website.         

How medicines are approved

The introduction of new medicines to the formulary is managed by the South East London New Drugs Panel (NDP) and Joint Formulary Committee (JFC). The NDP and JFC meet monthly. Its members are made up of local consultants, GPs and pharmacists.

Medicines recommended for use by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and NHS Specialised Services are automatically included in the medicines formulary.    


If you have a question about the about the paediatric formulary please contact