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Updates following the July 2019 Area Prescribing Committee Meeting


Red, Green, and Black classification



Quinidine sulphate tablets for ventricular arrhythmia

Dequalinium chloride for bacterial vaginosis

Gemcitabine for treatment of cancer (commissioned by NHS England)

Abemaciclib for treatment of cancer (commissioned by NHS England)

Brigatinib for anticancer drugs

Aripiprazole injection for schizophrenia

Ixekizumab for psoriatic arthritis in adult patients

Daratumumab for treatment of cancer (commissioned by NHS England)

Mexiletine 167mg capsules for treatment of cancer (commissioned by NHS England)



Ertugliflozin for type 2 Diabetes

Acetylcysteine for COPD



Melatonin 1mg/ml oral solution for jet lag in adults

Brimonidine gel for rosacea in adults




Flash Glucose Monitoring – Updated July 2019

We have been working with diabetes specialists in West Yorkshire and Harrogate to update our policies on flash glucose monitoring, following the publication of new guidance from NHS England, and to agree a single policy for all nine clinical commissioning groups.

A Flash Glucose commissioning policy for West Yorkshire and Harrogate has been approved and will start to implement the NHS England guidance regarding “Flash Glucose Monitoring: National Arrangements for Funding of Relevant Diabetes Patients.”  The Diabetes Specialist Teams in local areas will be responsible for assessing whether patients meet the criteria in this guidance, starting flash glucose monitoring and ongoing review.  The continued  supply of the flash glucose monitoring sensors will transfer to the patients GP practice.

There are now available adult and paediatric patient agreement forms for Flash Glucose Monitoring here



Primary Care Antimicrobial Guidelines

On 16 January 2019 the South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee approved local use of the new  NICE/PHE managing common infections guidance.

This supersedes our local primary care guideline. As NICE/PHE have not completed all sections yet, we will continue to use local guidelines for those sections.

NICE/PHE – introduction to guidelines

NICE/PHE table – managing common infections (whole guideline)


Valproate Pregnancy Prevention Programme

The following sections include new information about valproate and pregnancy: Medicines alerts and safety issues; mental health; patient information.


Skin preparations (including emollients)

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service has produced YouTube Videos for the public and patients and one for healthcare professionals warning that skin preparations can increase the risk of a fire developing. The YouTube videos have been added to the following sections of the website for information and discussion:  Medicines Alerts and Safety Issues, Patient Information and Care Homes. There is also information on the Fire Service’s website. The MHRA has issued a press release.