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Recommendations

This section contains a list of the policy recommendations of the Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee.

Reviews of the new medicines have been conducted by our pharmacists using a number of resources including National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) which is a Special health Authority (SHA) set up in 1999. It is used to give advice to the NHS on best clinical practice including the clinical and cost effectiveness of drugs and other treatments.

Definitions and Criteria for Categorisation of Medicines

Coronavirus guidance

Guidance to support primary care prescribers and pharmacists is available from the MLCSU Coronavirus guidance resource page. Links are provided to national resources and regional documents produced by MLCSU, RDTC, and SPS for use by Pan Mersey APC, LSCMMG, and GMMMG.

The list of resources will be updated as new material becomes available so please check back regularly for updates.

The Pan Mersey APC supports the use of COVID-specific guidance issued by NICE, and NHS England and NHS Improvement. During the COVID pandemic this will supersede any APC advice.

Documents

Date Added: 26 - Nov - 2020

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of SACUBITRIL/VALSARTAN film-coated tablets (Entresto®▼) for treating symptomatic chronic heart failure following specialist initiation and in accordance with NICE TA388.

North West Strategic Clinical Network and Senate

Position statement

Treatment algorithm

Patient information leaflet

GP communication letter

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Date Added: 31 - Jul - 2019

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of SAFINAMIDE (Xadago®▼) following specialist recommendation in the management of mid to late stage Parkinson’s disease.

BLACK NHS West Lancashire CCG

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Date Added: 26 - Jun - 2020

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not currently recommend the prescribing of SECUKINUMAB solution for injection (Cosentyx®) for non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis.

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Date Added: 23 - Oct - 2020

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not recommend the prescribing of SILK Garments for eczema or atopic dermatitis.

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Date Added: 27 - Mar - 2019

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends SODIUM OXYBATE oral solution (Xyrem®) as a treatment option for Narcolepsy with cataplexy in adult patients only when recommended by a consultant in a specialist commissioned sleep service.

Black NHS West Lancashire CCG

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Date Added: 24 - Jun - 2021

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of SODIUM ZIRCONIUM CYCLOSILICATE powder for oral suspension (Lokelma®▼) for emergency treatment of life-threatening hyperkalaemia in adults in accordance with NICE TA599.

Date Added: 24 - Jun - 2021

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of SODIUM ZIRCONIUM CYCLOSILICATE powder for oral suspension (Lokelma®▼) for persistent hyperkalaemia in adults following initiation by a specialist in accordance with NICE TA599.

Date Added: 21 - Nov - 2017

NHS England specialised commissining resources: the clinical reference group responsible for infectious disease has published a commissioning policy that defines access to a particular service for a cohort of patients.

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Date Added: 29 - Jul - 2014

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not recommend the routine prescribing of ORAL COMBINATION PRODUCTS that are available as the separate constituents.

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Date Added: 19 - Oct - 2020

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not currently recommend the prescribing of SOLRIAMFETOL HYDROCHLORIDE tablets (Sunosi®▼) for excessive daytime sleepiness in narcolepsy.

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Date Added: 19 - Oct - 2020

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not currently recommend the prescribing of SOLRIAMFETOL HYDROCHLORIDE tablets (Sunosi®▼) for excessive daytime sleepiness in obstructive sleep apnoea.

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Date Added: 21 - Nov - 2017

NHS England specialised commissining resources: the clinical reference group responsible for HIV has published a commissioning policy that defines access to a particular service for a cohort of patients.

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