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Updates following the May 2019 Area Prescribing Committee Meeting
Red, Green, Amber and Green Specialist Indication
Desferrioxamine used for iron overdose
CoaguChek used for paediatric haematology
Budesonide orodisperisable tablets used for treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) in adults
Diphoterine solution used as a spray/wash for caustic burns to skin/eye.
Gonasi as a sourced alternative as Pregnyl brand hCG has been discontinued for hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism
Spectinomycin used as an antibiotic for the treatment of gonorrhoea infections.
Atexolizumab for treatment of cancers
Niraparib for treatment of cancers
Alectinib for treatment of cancers
Semaglutide for Type 2 diabetes
Dulaglutide for Type 2 diabetes
Levamisole for paediatric nephrotic syndrome LTHT guidance
Lanthanum for reducing blood levels of phosphate regarding kidney disease
Green Specialist Initiation
Apomorphine for Parkinson’s disease
Imiquimod for anogenital warts
Goserelin for breast cancer
Opicapone for Parkinson’s disease
Flash Glucose Monitoring – Update May 2019
We are currently 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 agree a single policy for all nine clinical commissioning groups. Some Interim WY&H guidance for Flash Glucose Monitoring has been developed which describes the responsibilities of specialist, GP and patient.
Until a single policy has been agreed the 7 CCGs of the South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee will start to implement the NHS England guidance “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.
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
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.