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 Formulary Chapter 2: Cardiovascular system - Full Chapter
02.01  Positive inotropic drugs
02.01.01  Cardiac glycosides
Digoxin 
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Green

Digoxin Tablet 125mcg
Digoxin Tablet 250mcg
Digoxin Tablet 62.5mcg
Digoxin Elixir 50mcg/mL

For plasma-digoxin concentration assay, blood should be taken at least 6 hours after a dose. Toxicity increased by electrolyte disturbances.

 
   
Digibind

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Red

Restriction: Consultant use only

 
   
Digifab

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Red
High Cost Medicine

Restriction: Consultant use only

 
   
02.01.02  Phosphodiesterase type-3 inhibitors
Enoximone 
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Red

Restriction: Anaesthetics and CICU only

 
   
Milrinone 
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Red

Restriction: Anaesthetics and CICU only

 
   
02.02  Diuretics
02.02.01  Thiazides and related diuretics to top
Indapamide 
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Green

Indapamide Tablet 2.5mg

1st line thiazide-like diuretic for hypertension

Indapamide MR is non-formulary

 
Bendroflumethiazide

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Green

Bendroflumethiazide Tablet 2.5mg

Not to be prescribed for patients newly diagnosed with hypertension
(doses higher than 2.5mg are not indicated in hypertension)

 
   
Metolazone 
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Unlicensed Drug Unlicensed
Amber

Metolazone Tablet 2.5mg
Metolazone Tablet 5mg

Restriction: Initiation under direction of secondary care

Available from "special-order" manufacturers or specialist-importing companies.

 
   
02.02.02  Loop diuretics
Furosemide 
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Green

Furosemide Oral Solution 20mg/5ml S/F
Furosemide Oral Solution 40mg/5ml S/F
Furosemide Tablet 20mg
Furosemide Tablet 40mg

1st line loop diuretic

Monitor Potassium Levels - Risk of Hypokalaemia 

 
Bumetanide 
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Green

Bumetanide Tablet 1mg
Bumetanide Tablet 5mg
Bumetanide Oral Liquid 1mg/5ml Expensive Item SPECIAL

Monitor Potassium Levels - Risk of Hypokalaemia 

2nd line if furosemide ineffective

 
   
02.02.03  Potassium-sparing diuretics and aldosterone antagonists
Amiloride Hydrochloride

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Green

Amiloride Tablet 5mg

 
   
02.02.03  Aldosterone antagonists
Spironolactone 
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Green

Spironolactone Tablet 25mg
Spironolactone Tablet 50mg
Spironolactone Tablet 100mg

Monitor electrolytes—discontinue if hyperkalaemia occurs

 
   
Eplerenone 
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Amber

Restriction: Initiation by Consultant Cardiologists only for patients who have had an acute myocardial infarction (MI) and who have symptoms and/or signs of heart failure and left ventricular systolic dysfunction

 
Link  NICE NG106: Chronic heart failure in adults: diagnosis and management
   
02.02.04  Potassium-sparing diuretics with other diuretics
Co-amilofruse  
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Green

Co-Amilofruse Tablet 2.5mg/20mg
Co-Amilofruse Tablet 5mg/40mg 

For patients on multiple tablets only. 

Careful monitoring of U&Es is required.

 
   
02.02.05  Osmotic diuretics to top
Mannitol 
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Red

10% infusion
15% infusion
20% infusion

For mannitol 20%, an in-line filter is recommended (15-micron filters have been used).

 
   
02.02.06  Mercurial diuretics
02.02.07  Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors
02.02.08  Diuretics with potassium
02.03  Anti-arrhythmic drugs
02.03.01  Management of arrhythmias to top
02.03.02  Drugs for arrhythmias
Digoxin (also 02.01.01)
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Green

Digoxin Tablet 125mcg
Digoxin Tablet 250mcg
Digoxin Tablet 62.5mcg
Digoxin Elixir 50mcg/mL

For plasma-digoxin concentration assay, blood should be taken at least 6 hours after a dose. Toxicity increased by electrolyte disturbances.

 
   
02.03.02  Supraventricular arrhythmias
Dronedarone (Multaq)
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Amber E

Dronedarone 400mg tablet

Restriction: Initiation by cardiologist only

Link to ESCA

NHS England has identified this product as an item that should not be routinely prescribed in primary care (Ver. 2, June 2019)

NHS England: Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care: Guidance for CCGs

 
Link  NICE TA197: Atrial fibrillation - dronedarone
   
02.03.02  Supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias
Mexiletine (Mexitil, Namuscla)
(See prescribing restrictions)
 Track Changes
Restricted Drug Restricted
Red
NHS England

Licensed preparation: Namuscla® 167mg hard capsules is reserved for non-dystrophic myotonia and it is not licensed for ventricular arrhythmia. This is an NHS England specialised commissioning medicine.

unlicensed Unlicensed preparation: Mexiletine 50mg, 100mg and 200mg capsules are unlicensed and only available from ’special-order’ manufacturers or specialist importing companies. For treatment of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (using the unlicensed preparations ONLY).

Restriction: Initiation under direction of cardiologist for VT

APC decision (August 2019): RAG rating change- reclassified as a Red drug (secondary care prescribing only).

 
   
Amiodarone Hydrochloride

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Amber

Amiodarone Hydrochloride Tablet 100mg
Amiodarone Hydrochloride Tablet 200mg

Restriction: Initiation under direction of cardiologist

Beware of potential problems and recognise who is responsible for spotting them e.g. Micro-corneal deposits, Photosensitivity, Thyroid, Liver and Lung Disorders (check every 6 months).

MHRA/CHM advice: Sofosbuvir with daclatasvir; sofosbuvir and ledipasvir (May 2015); simeprevir with sofosbuvir (August 2015): risk of severe bradycardia and heart block when taken with amiodarone

NICE CG180 (Atrial fibrillation): Do not offer amiodarone for long-term rate control.

NHS England has identified this product as an item that should not be routinely prescribed in primary care (Ver. 2, June 2019)

NHS England: Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care: Guidance for CCGs

 
   
Disopyramide 
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Amber

Disopyramide Capsule 100mg
Disopyramide Capsule 150mg 

Restriction: Initiation by cardiologist only

 
   
Flecainide Acetate 
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Amber

Flecainide Acetate Tablet 50mg
Flecainide Acetate Tablet 100mg

Restriction: Initiation under direction of cardiologist

 
   
Propafenone Hydrochloride

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Amber

Propafenone Hydrochloride Tablet 150mg 
Propafenone Hydrochloride Tablet 300mg

Restriction: Initiation under direction of cardiologist

 
   
Quinidine 
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Amber

Quinidine 200mg tablets
Quinidine 300mg tablets
Quinidine 250mg SR tablets

Restriction: Initiation under direction of cardiologist

 
   
Sotalol Hydrochloride

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Amber

Sotalol Hydrochloride Tablet 40mg
Sotalol Hydrochloride Tablet 80mg
Sotalol Hydrochloride Tablet 160mg

Restriction: Initiation under direction of cardiologist

 
   
Verapamil Hydrochloride

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Amber

Verapamil Hydrochloride Capsule 120mg M/R
Verapamil Hydrochloride Capsule 180mg M/R
Verapamil HydrochlorideCapsule 240mg M/R
Verapamil Hydrochloride Tablet 40mg
Verapamil Hydrochloride Tablet 80mg
Verapamil Hydrochloride Tablet 120mg
Verapamil HydrochlorideTablet 120mg M/R- Prescribe brand
Verapamil Hydrochloride Tablet 160mg
Verapamil Hydrochloride Tablet 240mg M/R- Prescribe brand

Restriction: Initiation under direction of cardiologist

 
   
Adenosine 
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Red

6mg/2mL Solution for Injection vials
30mg/10mL Solution for Infusion vials

Restriction: Anaesthetics and cardiology only

 
   
Lidocaine Hydrochloride

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Red

Solution for Injection vials

Restriction: Initiation under direction of cardiologist

 
   
02.03.02  Ventricular arrhythmias
02.04  Beta-adrenoceptor blocking drugs to top
Atenolol 
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First Choice
Green

Atenolol Tablet 25mg 
Atenolol Tablet 50mg 
Atenolol Tablet 100mg
Atenolol Oral Solution 25mg/5ml SF

1st line beta-blocker

 
Bisoprolol Fumarate

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Green

Bisoprolol Fumarate Tablet 1.25mg
Bisoprolol Fumarate Tablet 2.5mg
Bisoprolol Fumarate Tablet 3.75mg
Bisoprolol Fumarate Tablet 5mg
Bisoprolol Fumarate Tablet 7.5mg
Bisoprolol Fumarate Tablet 10mg

 
   
Labetalol Hydrochloride

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Green

Labetalol Hydrochloride Tablet 50mg 
Labetalol Hydrochloride Tablet 100mg 
Labetalol Hydrochloride Tablet 200mg 
Labetalol Hydrochloride Tablet 400mg 

Also licensed for Hypertension in Pregnancy

 
   
Metoprolol Tartrate

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Green

Metoprolol Tartrate Tablet 50mg 
Metoprolol Tartrate Tablet 100mg 

 
   
Propranolol Hydrochloride

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Green

Propranolol Hydrochloride Tablet 10mg 
Propranolol Hydrochloride Tablet 40mg
Propranolol Hydrochloride Tablet 80mg 
Propranolol Hydrochloride Tablet 160mg 
Propranolol Hydrochloride MR Capsule 80mg
Propranolol Hydrochloride MR Capsule 160mg
Propranolol Hydrochloride Oral Solution 5mg/5ml
Propranolol Hydrochloride Oral Solution 10mg/5ml
Propranolol Hydrochloride Oral Solution 40mg/5ml
Propranolol Hydrochloride Oral Solution 50mg/5ml

Prescribe MR capsules generically as more cost-effective(Applicable in Primary care only)

 
   
Nebivolol 
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Amber

Nebivolol 2.5mg tablet (more cost-effective to use half a 5mg tablet)
Nebivolol 5mg tablet

Restriction: For patients who cannot tolerate Bisoprolol for heart failure

Does not offer any additional benefit over established beta blockers that are available at a lower aquisition cost.

 
   
02.05  Drugs affecting the renin-angiotensin system and some other antihypertensive drugs
 note 

APC Advice: Treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension June 2009. The APC wishes to advise all clinicians that patients who require treatment for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension must be referred to a national designated centre. If appropriate, therapy will be commenced by these centres and funding of treatment arranged from specialised commissioning teams.

NHS England: Target therapies for the treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Adults

 

02.05.01  Vasodilator antihypertensive drugs
Hydralazine Hydrochloride

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Green

Hydralazine Hydrochloride 25mg tablet
Hydralazine Hydrochloride 50mg tablet

Can be used for hypertensive emergencies (including in pregnancy)

 
   
Ambrisentan (Volibris)
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Red
High Cost Medicine
NHS England

Ambrisentan 5mg tablet
Ambrisentan 10mg tablet

Restriction: In accordance with NHS England prescribing policy.
To be initiated by Specialist Only (for pulmonary arterial hypertension).

 
   
Sodium nitroprusside

 Track Changes
Unlicensed Drug Unlicensed
Red

50mg/5mL injection
50mg powder and solvent for solution for infusion vials

Seek specialist advice prior to initiation.

 
   
02.05.02  Centrally acting antihypertensive drugs
Methyldopa 
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Green

Methyldopa Tablet 125mg - Considerably more costly than others
Methyldopa Tablet 250mg 
Methyldopa Tablet 500mg 

If methyldopa was used during pregnancy, stop within 2 days of birth (NICE CG107).

 
   
Clonidine Hydrochloride
(Catapres)
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Red

Clonidine Hydrochloride 100 microgram tablets

Restriction: Anaesthetics and Cardiology only

 

 
   
02.05.03  Adrenergic neurone blocking drugs
02.05.04  Alpha-adrenoceptor blocking drugs to top
Doxazosin 
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Green

Doxazosin Mesilate Tablet 1mg 
Doxazosin Mesilate Tablet 2mg 
Doxazosin Mesilate Tablet 4mg 


**Not MR Preparation**. NHS England have advised there should be no prescribing of MR preparation. Patients can be converted to the normal release tablets.

ONLY use when other classes of antihypertensives have been tried, or are contraindicated.

 
Link  UKMI: Switching from MR Doxazosin to standard release Doxazosin in patients with hypertension
   
02.05.05  Drugs affecting the renin-angiotensin system
Entresto
(Sacubitril valsartan)
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24/26mg tablets
49/51mg tablets
97/103mg tablets

The proportions are expressed in the form x/y where x and y are the strength in milligrams of sacubitril and valsartan respectively. Valsartan, in this formulation, is more bioavailable than other tablet formulations—26 mg, 51 mg, and 103 mg valsartan is equivalent to 40 mg, 80 mg and 160 mg, respectively.

Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance

To be initiated by heart failure specialists ONLY (APC decision Nov 2019).

 

 
Link  NICE TA388: Sacubitril valsartan for treating symptomatic chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction
   
02.05.05  Heart Failure
02.05.05.01  Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors)
Ramipril 
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Green

Ramipril Capsules 1.25mg 
Ramipril Capsules 2.5mg 
Ramipril Capsules  5mg 
Ramipril Capsules 10mg 
Ramipril Tablets 1.25mg 
Ramipril Tablets 2.5mg 
Ramipril Tablets 5mg 
Ramipril Tablets 10mg 
Ramipril Oral Solution 2.5mg/5ml 

1st line ACE inhibitor

 
Perindopril erbumine

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Green

Perindopril Erbumine Tablet 2mg 
Perindopril Erbumine Tablet 4mg 
Perindopril Erbumine Tablet 8mg 


Do not prescribe Perindopril arginine - this is the branded Coversyl version- see NHS england advice below

NHS England Guidance for CCGs

  • prescribers in primary care should not initiate perindopril arginine for any new patient.
  • prescribers should be supported in deprescribing perindopril arginine in all patients and, where appropriate, ensure the availability of relevant services to facilitate this change.

2nd line ACE inhibitor

 
   
Captopril 
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Amber

Captopril 12.5mg tablets
Captopril 25mg tablets
Captopril 50mg tablets

Restriction: Initiation by a Paediatrician

 
   
02.05.05.02  Angiotensin-II receptor antagonists
Candesartan Cilexetil

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Green

Candesartan Cilexetil Tablet 2mg 
Candesartan Cilexetil Tablet 4mg 
Candesartan Cilexetil Tablet 8mg 
Candesartan Cilexetil Tablet 16mg 
Candesartan Cilexetil Tablet 32mg 

1st line angiotensin II antagonist

 
Irbesartan 
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Green

Irbesartan Tablets 75mg 
Irbesartan Tablets 150mg 
Irbesartan Tablets 300mg 

Restriction: For use by renal physicians or as a second-line angiotensin II antagonist

 
   
Losartan Potassium 
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Green

Losartan Potassium Tablet 12.5mg 
Losartan Potassium Tablet 25mg 
Losartan Potassium Tablet 50mg 
Losartan Potassium Tablet 100mg

Restriction: For hypertension in line with NICE Guidance CG127

 
Link  NICE CG127: Hypertension in adults: diagnosis and management
   
02.05.05.03  Renin inhibitors to top
Aliskiren 
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Grey

 

Not approved for inclusion in the North Staffordshire Joint Formulary

 

 

 

 

 

NHS England has identified this product as an item that should not be routinely prescribed in primary care (Ver. 2, June 2019)

NHS England: Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care: Guidance for CCGs

 

 
   
02.06  Nitrates, calcium-channel blockers, and potassium-channel activators
02.06  Angina
02.06.01  Nitrates
Glyceryl Trinitrate patches

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Green

5mg/24hours patch
10mg/24hours patch

More expensive than Isosorbide mononitrate tablets.

 
   
Glyceryl Trinitrate spray

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Green

400 mcg/spray (180 dose)
400 mcg/spray (200 dose)

For the infrequent user it is more cost effective to have the spray.

 
   
Glyceryl Trinitrate sublingual tablets

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Green

300 mcg S/L tablets
500 mcg S/L tablets
600 mcg S/L tablets

AVOID Suscard Buccal tablets as very expensive.

 
   
Isosorbide Mononitrate

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Green

Isosorbide Mononitrate Tablet 10mg 
Isosorbide Mononitrate Tablet 20mg 

 
   
Glyceryl Trinitrate buccal

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Red

Restriction: Only for regular use in place of IV

 
   
02.06.02  Calcium-channel blockers
Amlodipine 
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Green

Amlodipine Tablet 5mg 
Amlodipine Tablet 10mg 

 
   
Diltiazem Hydrochloride

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Green

Diltiazem Hydrochloride 60mg tablets - FIRST LINE. For administration three times a day. No requirement for brand name prescribing.

Modified- release formulations should be prescribed by brand name.

 
   
Felodipine 
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Green

Felodipine Tablet 2.5mg M/R 
Felodipine Tablet 5mg M/R 
Felodipine Tablet 10mg M/R

 
   
Nifedipine 
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Green

Different versions of modified-release preparations may not have the same clinical effect. To avoid confusion between these different formulations of nifedipine, prescribers should specify the brand to be dispensed.

Modified-release formulations may not be suitable for dose titration in hepatic disease. As per BNF 

Drug discontinuations
Adalat 5mg immediate release capsules* –discontinued from February 2019.
Adalat 10mg immediate release capsules* – discontinued after March 2019
Adalat Retard 10mg modified release tablets – discontinued after November 2018
Adalat Retard 20mg modified release tablets – discontinued August 2018
Adalat LA 20mg*, 30mg and 60mg prolonged release – out of stock until 2021.

*Bayer is the main supplier of these products. 

See UKMI memo below on treatment alternatives.

 
Link  UKMI: Adalat (nifedipine) products discontinuations and shortages
   
Nimodipine (Nimotop)
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Red

Nimodipine 30mg tablets

Restriction: For subarachnoid haemorrhage

 
   
Verapamil Hydrochloride

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Green

Standard release tablets
Modified release formulations.

Securon SR tablets are cost-effective brands.

 
   
02.06.03  Other anitanginal drugs to top
Nicorandil 
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Green

Nicorandil Tablet 10mg 
Nicorandil Tablet 20mg 

MHRA advice on Nicorandil (Ikorel): now second-line treatment for angina- risk of ulcer complications (January 2016)

 
Link  MHRA Guidance on Nicorandil
   
Ivabradine (Procoralan)
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Amber

Ivabradine Tablet 5mg 
Ivabradine Tablet 7.5mg 

Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance only

MHRA advice on Ivabradine: risk of cardiac side-effects (December 2014)

 
Link  MHRA Guidance on Ivabradine in the symptomatic treatment of angina- risk of cardiac side effects
Link  NICE TA267: Ivabradine for treating chronic heart failure
   
Ranolazine (Ranexa)
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Amber

Ranolazine Tablet 375mg M/R 
Ranolazine Tablet 500mg M/R 
Ranolazine Tablet 750mg M/R 

Restriction: To be initiated, titrated, and stabilised by cardiologists only

 
Link  NICE CG126: Stable angina: management
   
02.06.04  Peripheral vasodilators and related drugs
Naftidrofuryl Oxalate

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Green

Naftidrofuryl Oxalate Capsule 100mg

Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance

Cilostazol, pentoxifylline and inositol nicotinate are not recommended for the treatment of intermittent claudication in people with peripheral arterial disease. NICE TA 223 

 
Link  NICE CG147: Lower limb peripheral arterial disease management
Link  NICE TA223: Cilostazol, naftidrofuryl oxalate, pentoxifylline and inositol nicotinate for the treatment of intermittent claudication in people with peripheral arterial disease
   
02.06.04  Other preparations used in peripheral vascular disease
02.07  Sympathomimetics
02.07.01  Inotropic sympathomimetics
Dobutamine 
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Red

5mg/mL solution for infusion vials
12.5mg/mL concentrate for solution for infusion ampoules

 
   
Dopamine 
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Red

40mg/mL solution for infusion ampoules
160mg/mL solution for infusion ampoules

 
   
Dopexamine (Dopacard)
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Unlicensed Drug Unlicensed
Red

50mg/5mL concentrate for solution for infusion

 
   
Isoprenaline 
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Unlicensed Drug Unlicensed
Red

0.2mg/mL solution for injection ampoule

 
   
02.07.02  Vasoconstrictor sympathomimetics to top
Ephedrine 
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Red

30mg/10mL solution for injection (ampoules or pre-filled syringes)

 
   
Noradrenaline / Norepinephrine

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Red

Solution for infusion ampoules/ vials

 
   
Phenylephrine 
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Red

Solution for injection ampoules/ pre-filled syringes

 
   
02.07.03  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
02.08  Anticoagulants and protamine
02.08.01  Parenteral anticoagulants
Argatroban (Exembol)
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Red

50mg/50mL solution for infusion vials
250mg/2.5mL concentrate for solution for infusion vials

Restriction: For use when danaparoid is not available.

Anticoagulation in patients with heparin induced thrombocytopenia
1st line for Renal & Critical Care patients

 
   
02.08.01  Heparin
Heparin 
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Red

Solution for injection ampoules/ vials
All Heparin Infusion bags

These are all hospital only prescribing only. The heparin flushes listed below may be prescribed in primary care.

 
   
Heparin unfractionated flushes

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Heparin sodium 50 units/5ml patency solution ampoules
Heparin sodium 50 units/5ml i.v flush solution ampoules

Heparin sodium 200 units/2ml patency solution ampoules
Heparin sodium 200 units/2ml i.v flush solution ampoules

These are flushes for maintaining patency of peripheral venous catheters- note there are two strengths, so confirm with original specialist which is needed.

 
   
02.08.01  Low molecular weight heparins to top
Dalteparin Sodium  
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Amber E

Solution for injection ampoules/ pre-filled syringes

In Obstetrics

Link to ESCA

 
   
Dalteparin Sodium  
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Amber E

Solution for injection ampoules/ pre-filled syringes

Treatment of DVT and PE in adult cancer patients

Link to ESCA

 
   
Dalteparin Sodium  
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Amber

Solution for injection ampoules/ pre-filled syringes

Treatment of DVT and PE in medical patients

 

 
   
02.08.01  Heparinoids
Danaparoid 
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Red

750units/ 0.6mL solution for injection ampoules

Restriction: For heparin induced thrombocytopenia only

 
   
02.08.01  Hirudins
Bivalirudin (Angiox)
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Formulary
Red

250mg powder for concentrate for solution for infusion vials

Restriction: Initiation by Cardiology consultants only and should only be used during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedure

 
Link  NICE TA230 : Bivalirudin for the treatment of ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction
   
02.08.01  Epoprostenol
Epoprostenol (Flolan)
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Formulary
Red
High Cost Medicine
NHS England

500mcg powder for solution for infusion vials
1.5mg powder for solution for infusion vials

Restriction: Consultant use only

Restriction: In accordance with NHS England prescribing policy

MHRA advice: Veletri (epoprostenol) powder for solution for infusion: incompatibilities with some models of administration devices (December 2014)

 
Link  MHRA Guidance on Epoprostenol (Veletri)
Link  NHSE: National policy for targeted therapies for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension in adults
   
02.08.01  Fondaparinux
Fondaparinux (Arixtra)
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Formulary
Red

Solution for injection pre-filled syringes

Restriction: For patients with unstable angina and non-ST elevation myocardial infarction

 
   
Fondaparinux 
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Grey

Not approved for inclusion in the North Staffordshire Joint Formulary for the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolic events 

 

 

 
   
02.08.02  Oral anticoagulants to top
 note 

NICE CG 144: Venous thromboembolic diseases

NICE NG89: VTE in over 16s

Warfarin Sodium  
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Formulary
Green

Warfarin Sodium Tablet 1mg 
Warfarin Sodium Tablet 3mg 
Warfarin Sodium Tablet 5mg 

 
Link  UKMI Q&A: IM injections in warfarin patients
Link  UKMI Q&A: Warfarin and PPI interactions
   
Apixaban (Eliquis)
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Green

Apixaban Tablet 2.5mg 
Apixaban Tablet 5mg 

  • Prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in people with non-valvular AF
  • Treatment and secondary prevention of DVT and/or PE

Restriction: In line with NICE guidance and locally agreed guidelines

MHRA/CHM advice: Direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs): increased risk of recurrent thrombotic events in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (June 2019)

 
Link  NICE TA275: Apixaban for AF
Link  NICE TA341: Apixaban for the treatment and secondary prevention of deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism
   
Dabigatran (Pradaxa)
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Green

Dabigatran Etexilate Capsule 75mg 
Dabigatran Etexilate Capsule 110mg 
Dabigatran Etexilate Capsule 150mg

  • Prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in AF 
  • Treatment and secondary prevention of DVT and/or PE

If used for DVT or PE it needs to have an initial 5 days of parenteral anticoagulation prescribed.

Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance and locally agreed guidelines

MHRA/CHM advice: Direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs): increased risk of recurrent thrombotic events in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (June 2019)

 
Link  NICE TA249: Dabigatran for Stroke prevention in AF
Link  NICE TA327: Dabigatran etexilate for the treatment and secondary prevention of deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism
   
Edoxaban (Lixiana)Black Triangle
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Green

Edoxaban 15mg tablets
Edoxaban 30mg tablets
Edoxaban 60mg tablets

  • Treatment and prevention of DVT and/or PE
  • Prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in people with non-valvular AF

If used for DVT or PE it needs to have an initial 5 days of parenteral anticoagulation prescribed.


Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance and locally agreed guidelines

MHRA/CHM advice: Direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs): increased risk of recurrent thrombotic events in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (June 2019)

 
Link  NICE TA354:Edoxaban for treating and for preventing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
Link  NICE TA355:Edoxaban for preventing stroke/systemic embolism in non‑valvular atrial fibrillation
   
Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)Black Triangle
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Green

Rivaroxaban Tablet 10mg 
Rivaroxaban Tablet 15mg 
Rivaroxaban Tablet 20mg

  • Prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in AF 
  • Treatment of DVT and prevention of recurrent DVT & PE 
  • Treatment of PE and prevention of recurrent VTE

Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance and locally agreed guidelines

MHRA/CHM advice: Direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs): increased risk of recurrent thrombotic events in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (June 2019)

MHRA/CHM advice: Rivaroxaban (Xarelto®): reminder that 15 mg and 20 mg tablets should be taken with food (July 2019)

 
Link  NICE TA256: Rivaroxaban for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in people with atrial fibrillation
Link  NICE TA261: Rivaroxaban for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and prevention of recurrent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
Link  NICE TA287: Rivaroxaban for treating pulmonary embolism and preventing recurrent venous thromboembolism
   
Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)Black Triangle
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Red

Rivaroxaban Tablet 2.5mg 

  • For preventing atherothrombotic events in people with coronary or peripheral artery disease
  • The recommended dosage for rivaroxaban is 2.5 mg taken orally twice daily in combination with a daily dose of 75 to 100 mg aspirin taken orally

Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance

MHRA/CHM advice: Direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs): increased risk of recurrent thrombotic events in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (June 2019)

 

 
Link  NICE TA607: Rivaroxaban for preventing atherothrombotic events in people with coronary or peripheral artery disease
   
Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)Black Triangle
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Amber

Rivaroxaban Tablet 2.5mg 

  • Prevention of adverse outcomes after acute management of acute coronary   syndrome

Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance

MHRA/CHM advice: Direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs): increased risk of recurrent thrombotic events in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (June 2019)

MHRA/CHM advice: Rivaroxaban (Xarelto®): reminder that 15 mg and 20 mg tablets should be taken with food (July 2019)

 
Link  NICE TA335: Rivaroxaban for preventing adverse outcomes after acute management of acute coronary syndrome
   
Phenindione 
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Amber

Phenindione 10mg tablets
Phenindione 25mg tablets
Phenindione 50mg tablets

For patients intolerant of warfarin 

MHRA/CHM advice: Direct-acting antivirals to treat chronic hepatitis C: risk of interaction with vitamin K antagonists and changes in INR (January 2017)

HCDHCD

 
   
02.08.02  Stroke prevention in AF
02.08.02  VTE treatment
02.08.02  VTE prophylaxis in hip/knee surgery
Apixaban (Eliquis)
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Red

Apixaban Tablet 2.5mg 

Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance only. Orthopaedic consultant use only.

Complete course to be supplied by the hospital

 
Link  NICE TA245: Apixaban for the prevention of venous thromboembolism after total hip or knee replacement in adults
   
Dabigatran (Pradaxa)
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Red

Dabigatran Etexilate Capsule 75mg 
Dabigatran Etexilate Capsule 110mg 
Dabigatran Etexilate Capsule 150mg

Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance only. Orthopaedic consultant use only.

Complete course to be supplied by the hospital

 
Link  NICE TA157: Dabigatran etexilate for the prevention of venous thromboembolism after hip or knee replacement surgery in adults
   
Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)
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Red

Rivaroxaban Tablet 10mg 

Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance only. Orthopaedic consultant use only.

Complete course to be supplied by the hospital

 
Link  NICE TA170: Rivaroxaban for the prevention of venous thromboembolism after total hip or total knee replacement in adults
   
02.08.02  Antidotes
02.08.03  Protamine sulphate to top
Protamine Sulphate 
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Red

50mg/5mL solution for injection ampoules

 
   
02.09  Antiplatelet drugs
Aspirin (AcetylsalicylicAcid)

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Green

Aspirin Dispersible Tablet 75mg 

Use of low dose aspirin for the primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes in people without cardiovascular disease including diabetic patients is no longer recommended as the increased risk of bleeding outweighs any vascular benefits.

Prescribing of antiplatelets for secondary prevention should be in line with NICE Guidelines.

Patients with mild to moderate dyspeptic symptoms taking aspirin should be prescribed a PPI or H2 antagonist before switching to clopidogrel (which may also cause gastro-intestinal adverse effects).

 
Link  BIHS- Statement on the use of Aspirin
Link  UKMI Q&A: Lack of evidence to support the use of EC Aspirin to prevent GI side-effects
   
Clopidogrel 
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Green

Clopidogrel Tablet 75mg

Restriction: For patients post cardiac stent and for NICE approved indications* only


NICE approved indications:

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome without ST-segment elevation
  • Patients intolerant of low-dose aspirin who have experienced a recent MI or Ischemic stroke or who have symptomatic peripheral arterial disease.

 

 

 
Link  NICE TA210: Clopidogrel and modified-release dipyridamole for the prevention of occlusive vascular events
   
Dipyridamole 
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Green

Dipyridamole M/R Capsule 200mg
Dipyridamole Oral Suspension 50mg/5ml SF (This is an Unlicensed Special Liquid)

There is a difference in indication between the modified-release preparation of dipyridamole and the standard-release tablets and liquid.

National recommendations for secondary prevention of occlusive vascular events recommend the use of modified-release dipyridamole, according to the licensed indications. 

 
Link  NICE TA210: Clopidogrel and modified-release dipyridamole for the prevention of occlusive vascular events
   
Prasugrel (Efient)
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Amber

Prasugrel Tablet 5mg 
Prasugrel Tablet 10mg 

Restriction: For consultant cardiologist initiation only.

MHRA advice - Prasugrel (Efient): increased risk of bleeding (December 2014)

 
Link  MHRA Guidance on Prasugrel
Link  NICE TA317 (replaces TA182): Acute coronary syndrome - prasugrel
   
Ticagrelor (Brilique)
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Amber

Ticagrelor Tablet 60mg
Ticagrelor Tablet 90mg
Ticagrelor Orodispersible tablets 90mg

Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance only

Ticagrelor can now be used up to a maximum of 3 years as per NICE TA420.
Duration needs to be specified by initiating specialist.

 
Link  NICE TA236: Ticagrelor for the treatment of acute coronary syndromes
Link  NICE TA420: Ticagrelor for preventing atherothrombotic events after myocardial infarction
   
Abciximab (ReoPro)
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Red

IV Infusion

Restriction: Cardiology only

DISCONTINUED

 
Link  UKMI memo - Alternative treatments to Abciximab
Link  NICE TA47: Guidance on the use of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors in the treatment of acute coronary syndromes
Link  ReoPro: Indefinite supply shortage
   
02.10  Stable angina, acute coronary syndromes, and fibrinolysis
02.10.01  Management of stable angina and acute coronary syndromes
02.10.02  Fibrinolytic drugs
Alteplase (Actilyse)
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Red

Injection

Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance only

 
Link  NICE TA264: Ischaemic stroke (acute) - alteplase
   
Reteplase (Rapilysin)
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Red

Injection

Restriction: Cardiology and Anaesthetics only

 
   
Streptokinase (Streptase)
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Red

Injection

 
   
Urokinase 
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Red

Injection

Can be used for the unblocking of central venous lines (See BNF/ SPC)

 
   
02.11  Antifibrinolytic drugs and haemostatics to top
Tranexamic Acid 
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Green

Tranexamic Acid 500mg tablet
Tranexamic Acid 500mg/5mL solution for injection ampoules

 
   
Etamsylate (Dicynene)
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Unlicensed Drug Unlicensed
Green

Etamsylate 500mg tablets

Unlicensed preparation. Available from special-order manufacturers.

 
   
Aprotinin (Trasylol)
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Unlicensed Drug Unlicensed
Red

Injection

Restriction: Cardiology and Anaesthetics only

 
   
02.11  Blood-related products
02.12  Lipid-regulating drugs
Alirocumab (Praluent)
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Red
High Cost Medicine
BlueTeq

Solution for injection pre-filled pen

Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance only

 
Link  NICE TA393: Alirocumab for treating primary hypercholesterolaemia and mixed dyslipidaemia
   
Evolocumab (Repatha)
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Red
High Cost Medicine
BlueTeq

Solution for injection pre-filled pen

Restriction: In line with NICE Guidance only

 
Link  NICE TA394: Evolocumab for treating primary hypercholesterolaemia and mixed dyslipidaemia
   
02.12  Bile acid sequestrants
Colestyramine 
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Amber

Colestyramine 4gram oral powder sachets

 
   
02.12  Ezetimibe
Ezetimibe (Ezetrol)
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Green

Ezetimibe Tablet 10mg

Combined preparation with simvastatin (Inegy®) non-formulary

Use in accordance with locally agreed hyperlipidaemia guidelines

In line with NICE Guidance

 
Link  NICE TA385: Ezetimibe for treating primary heterozygous-familial and non-familial hypercholesterolaemia
   
02.12  Fibrates to top
Bezafibrate 
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Green

Bezafibrate 200mg Tablet
Bezafibrate 400mg MR Tablet

Fibrates should not be offered routinely for the primary or secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease alone or in combination with a statin, including for those with chronic kidney disease or Type 1 or 2 Diabetes Mellitus. This does not apply to those diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolaemia (NICE CG181). 

 

 
Link  MHRA update: Fibrates not recommended as first-line treatment
   
02.12  Statins
Atorvastatin 
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First Choice
Green

Atorvastatin 10mg Tablet
Atorvastatin 20mg Tablet
Atorvastatin 40mg Tablet
Atorvastatin 80mg Tablet

1st line agent. Use in accordance with locally agreed hyperlipidaemia guidelines

 
Simvastatin 
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Green

Simvastatin Tablet 10mg 
Simvastatin Tablet 20mg 
Simvastatin Tablet 40mg 
Simvastatin Tablet 80mg 

Use in accordance with locally agreed hyperlipidaemia guidelines

 
   
02.12  Nicotinic acid group
Acipimox (Olbetam)
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Green

Acipimox 250mg capsules

 
   
02.12  Omega-3 fatty acid compounds
Omacor 
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Grey

Not approved for inclusion in the North Staffordshire Joint Formulary 

 
NHS England Guidance for CCGs:

 prescribers in primary care should not initiate omega-3 Fatty Acids for any new patient.
 prescribers should be supported in deprescribing omega-3 Fatty Acids in all patients and, where appropriate, ensure the availability of relevant services to facilitate this change.

 
Link  NICE CG172: Myocardial infarction: cardiac rehabilitation and prevention of further cardiovascular disease
   
02.13  Local sclerosants
Sodium Tetradecyl Sulphate
(Fibrovein)
 Track Changes
Formulary
Red

Solution for Injection

 
   
02.14  MISC to top
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Red

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   

Amber

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  

Green

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

Grey

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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