netFormulary NHS
Pan Mersey
Area Prescribing Committee
 Formulary Chapter 13: Skin - Full Section

Coronavirus guidance

Guidance to support primary care prescribers and pharmacists is available from the MLCSU Coronavirus guidance resource page. Links are provided to national resources and regional documents produced by MLCSU, RDTC, and SPS for use by Pan Mersey APC, LSCMMG, and GMMMG.

The list of resources will be updated as new material becomes available so please check back regularly for updates.

The Pan Mersey APC supports the use of COVID-specific guidance issued by NICE, and NHS England and NHS Improvement. During the COVID pandemic this will supersede any APC advice.


Review date: September 2021

Non-formulary drugs - any drug or formulation not listed in the formulary is deemed to be non-formulary.

Off-label use: Drugs are included in the formulary for their licensed indications – where inclusion of off-label use is considered to be included in the formulary this is specifically stated in the formulary entry for the drug N.B. also see Paediatrics note below.

Paediatrics: Drugs are included in the formulary for paediatric use for their BNF for Children recommended indications (indicated by symbol View childrens BNF) which may be off-label, unless otherwise stated. All drugs are deemed to have the same RAG status as they have for adults unless stated otherwise.

NHS England Specialised Commissioning
Drugs carrying the NHS England logo are commissioned by them. Links to key documents, national programmes of care, and clinical reference groups are found below.

NHSE NHS England Specialised Commissioning: Key documents

NHSE NHS England Specialised Commissioning: National programmes of care and clinical reference groups

13.01 Management of skin conditions
13.01.01 Vehicles
13.01.02 Suitable quantities for prescribing
13.01.03 Excipients and sensitisation
13.02 Emollient and barrier preparations
13.02.01 Emollients
Preparations containing urea
With antimicrobials Emollient bath and shower preparations
With antimicrobials
13.02.02 Barrier preparations
13.03 Topical local anaesthetics and antipruritics
13.04 Topical corticosteriods.
13.05 Preparations for eczema and psoriasis
13.05.01 Preparations for eczema
Topical preparations for eczema
Oral retinoid for eczema
13.05.02 Preparations for psoriasis
Topical preparations for psoriasis
Oral retinoids for psoriasis
13.05.03 Drugs affecting the immune response
13.06 Acne and rosacea
13.06.01 Topical preparations for acne
Benzoyl peroxide and azelaic acid
Topical antibacterials for acne
Topical retinoids and related preparations for acne
Other topical preparations for acne
13.06.02 Oral preparations for acne
Oral antibiotics for acne
Hormone treatment for acne
Oral retinoid for acne
13.06.03 Topical preparations for rosacea
13.07 Preparations for warts and calluses
Anogenital warts
13.08 Sunscreens and camouflagers
13.08.01 Sunscreen preparations
13.08.02 Camouflagers
13.09 Shampoos and other preparations for scalp and hair conditions
13.10 Anti-infective skin preparations
13.10.01 Antibacterial preparations Antibacterial preparations only used topically Antibacterial preparations also used systemically
13.10.02 Antifungal preparations
13.10.03 Antiviral preparations
13.10.04 Parasiticidal preparations
13.10.05 Preparations for minor cuts and abrasions
13.11 Skin cleansers, antiseptics, and desloughing agents
13.11.01 Alcohols and saline
13.11.02 Chlorhexidine salts
13.11.03 Cationic surfactants and soaps
13.11.04 Iodine and Chlorine
13.11.05 Phenolics
13.11.06 Oxidisers, and dyes
13.11.07 Desloughing agents
13.12 Antiperspirants
13.13 Miscellaneous
13.14 Molluscum contagiosum