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The aim of the Northern Ireland Formulary is to promote safe, clinically effective and cost-effective prescribing of medicines.
The Formulary provides guidance on first and second line drug choices and will cover the majority of prescribing choices in Northern Ireland. Whilst the Formulary will aim to standardise practice and ensure a level of consistency, it is recognised that individual patients may require medicines which lie outside such guidance.
The Formulary is intended to cover the majority of prescribing decisions and is therefore focussed on non-specialist prescribing choices.
It is intended to be used across both primary and secondary care sectors in Northern Ireland to ensure consistency and continuity of supply. This will benefit all patients who require medicines.