These documents provide additional information for GPs who are prescribing medication that has been classified Amber Initiated or Amber Retained.
Please see the Shared Care section for shared care frameworks for medicines with Purple classification.
Transition of Commissioning Policies
On 1st July 2022 NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board (ICB) became the new statutory body responsible for ensuring health care services are available to meet the reasonable needs of the people of Cheshire & Merseyside.
Until such time as a single suite of commissioning policies can be developed and adopted, NHS Cheshire and Merseyside will continue to adopt and operate the CCG policies it has inherited at Place/borough level, which means that there will be no immediate change in commissioning policy for local people resident in those Places/boroughs from what was in place prior to 1st July 2022.
These medicines have been categorised as Amber Patient Retained for the indications in this document by the Pan-Mersey Area Prescribing Committee.
They have been categorised as Red for infertility and hypersexuality.
The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of methadone tablets (Physeptone®) in adults following initiation by a consultant in pain medicine in a tertiary centre.
Red Halton Place and Sefton Place
Prescribing support information