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 Formulary Chapter 5: Infections - Full Chapter
Notes:

The Antibiotic Formulary and Prescribing Advice for Adult Patients should be read in conjunction with this chapter -  aim is to encourage the appropriate use of this valuable resource.

 

Antibiotic prescribing for primary care can be viewed via this link

Guidance on Antibiotic in Primary care

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05.03.02.01  Expand sub section  Herpes simplex and varicella-zoster infection
Aciclovir
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First Choice
Green

Green   Tablet, Suspension

 

Red   Injection & Infusion

 
Famciclovir (Famvir)
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Formulary
Green 2

Tablet

 
 
Valaciclovir (Valtrex)
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Formulary
Amber

Tablets

*Only to be prescribed on advice of microbiologist. Indication for treatment of HSV PCR Positive viral meningitis ( not for encephalitis for which iv aciclovir must be used)*

 
 
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Section Title Section Title (top level)
Section Title Section Title (sub level)
First Choice Item First Choice item
Non Formulary Item Non Formulary section
Restricted Drug
Restricted Drug
Unlicensed Drug
Unlicensed
Track Changes
Display tracking information
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Link to adult BNF
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Link to children's BNF
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Link to SPCs
SMC
Scottish Medicines Consortium
Cytotoxic Drug
Cytotoxic Drug
CD
Controlled Drug
High Cost Medicine
High Cost Medicine
Cancer Drugs Fund
Cancer Drugs Fund
NHSE
NHS England
Homecare
Homecare
CCG
CCG

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Status Description

Green

Green -Medicines suitable for routine use within primary care and Secondary care Can be initiated within primary care within their licensed indication, in accordance with nationally recognised formularies  

Amber

Amber- Medicines suitable to be prescribed in primary care after specialist /Consultant recommendation or initiation. A supporting prescribing guideline may be requested which must have been agreed by the relevant secondary care trust Medicines and Therapeutic Committee and approved by the Area Prescribing Committee.   

Red

Red-Hospital initiation and continuation only  

Amber Shared Care Protocol

AMBER SHARE CARE PROTOCOL- Medicines that should be initiated by a specialist and prescribed by primary care prescribers only under a shared care protocol, once the patient has been stabilised  

Blue

To be supplied from the appropriate commissioned provider.   

Green 2

GREEN 2- to be prescribed by primary care only   

Grey

GREY- NON FORMULARY (As agreed by Area Prescribing Committee)  

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