Local Formulary/Prescribing Guidance

NHS Fife Minor Ailment Service (MAS) Formulary (May 2015)

The Minor Ailment Service (MAS) allows eligible individuals to register with and use a community pharmacy as the first port of call for the treatment of common illnesses on the NHS. A patient registers with the community pharmacy of their choice in order to use MAS. Once registered they can present at any point with symptoms and the pharmacist, having ascertained whether the patient is still eligible to use the service, will treat, advise or refer them to another health care practitioner where appropriate.

This document has been developed to:

  • Provide a formulary list which complies with the Fife Joint Formulary
  • Provide a list of medicines for which there is an evidence base
  • Provide guidance to facilitate consistency of prescribing choices
  • Provide a smaller range of medicines, allowing prescribers to become more familiar with their indications and contra-indications
  • Assist in making appropriate and cost-effective choices.

Use of the Fife Formulary to Support the Chronic Medication Service

Prescribers use the Fife Formulary for prescribing guidance and being aware of locally agreed first/second choice drugs, so an awareness of this information is essential for the Chronic Medication Service (CMS). If you plan to suggest changes to a patient’s medicines, prescribers will want to know if your suggestions are based on Formulary choices and NHS Fife guidance. Therefore, becoming familiar with the Formulary is essential for you to provide the CMS.


Area Drug and Therapeutic Committee


New NHS Fife Formulary, Abbreviated List -December 2016


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