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 Formulary Chapter 1: Gastro-intestinal system - Full Chapter
01.05.01  Expand sub section  Aminosalicylates
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There is no evidence to show that any one oral preparation of mesalazine is more effective than another; however, the delivery characteristics of oral mesalazine preparations may vary. If it's necessary to switch a patient to a different brand of mesalazine, the patient should be advised to report any changes in symptoms

Balsalazide (ColazideŽ)
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Balsalazide 750mg capsules

Restriction: For acute relapses of ulcerative colitis

 
   
Mesalazine 
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Octasa MR gastro-resistant 400mg and 800mg tabs
Pentasa MR 500mg tabs
Mesalazine Foam Enema 1g/Dose 14g (Asacol®)

Prescribe by recommended BRAND.

 

Other brands – Pentasa, Asacol, Asacol MR, Salofalk (granules/enema), Mezavant XL.

 
   
Sulfasalazine 
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Sulfasalazine 500mg tablets (plain tablets)
Sufasalzine enteric coated tablets
Sulfasalazine 500mg Suppositories 
Sulfasalazine 250mg/5ml Suspension SF (ONLY for patients with swallowing difficulties)


Please note the plain tablets are more cost effective than enteric coated ones- (Applicable in Primary care only)

 
   
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Medicines that can only be prescribed within Secondary Care. Examples of medicines which fall into this category are: Certain new medicines and new indications for older medicines where there is at present no experience of use in Primary Care. Medicines or dressings not available or prescribable in Primary Care. Where a medicine has been classified as Amber E, but an approved shared-care guideline is not yet available   

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Medicines which can be prescribed within Secondary Care, but are only suitable for prescribing in Primary Care after specialist referral. There is no need for approved shared care guidelines for medicines in this category. This replaces Amber 2 on the North Staffs Formulary.   

Amber E

Medicines which can be prescribed within Secondary Care, but are only considered suitable for prescribing in Primary Care under an approved shared-care agreement (ESCA) or Rationale for Initiation, Continuation and Discontinuation (RICaD). This replaces Amber 1 on the North Staffs Formulary  

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Medicines which can be prescribed in either Primary or Secondary Care.  

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These medicines have been reviewed by the New Medicines Committee and the Area Prescribing Committee and found not to be suitable for inclusion in the Joint Formulary. Inadequate or weak evidence for efficacy No clearly defined local need Lack of long term safety data No perceived benefit over established formulary alternatives Prescribers can consider these medicines where formulary alternatives are unsuitable, ineffective or not tolerated.  

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