*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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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- 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-Hospital initiation and continuation only
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
To be supplied from the appropriate commissioned provider.
GREEN 2- to be prescribed by primary care only
GREY- NON FORMULARY (As agreed by Area Prescribing Committee)