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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

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.

NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Commissioning Policies

 

Coronavirus guidance

Guidance to support primary care prescribers and pharmacists is available from the MLCSU Coronavirus guidance resource page.

Documents

Date Added: 26 - May - 2021

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of azithromycin tablets in selected high risk patients, when recommended by a respiratory specialist, for the prevention of exacerbations in COPD and bronchiectasis.

GP letter

Body System:
Date Added: 28 - Nov - 2019

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of nebulised colistimethate (Colomycin®), gentamicin or tobramycin for
adult non- cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis patient.

Body System:
Date Added: 26 - Jun - 2019

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of ITRACONAZOLE, for allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.

Date Added: 14 - Nov - 2017

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

Body System:
Date Added: 26 - Jun - 2019

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not recommend the prescribing of voriconazole or posaconazole, by GPs or specialists, for Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis.

Date Added: 08 - Jan - 2015

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not recommend the prescribing of PREDNISOLONE ENTERIC COATED 2.5 mg and 5 mg tablets.

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Date Added: 31 - Jul - 2019

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of ROFLUMILAST tablets (Daxas®▼) following specialist recommendation as an add-on to bronchodilator therapy, for treating severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults with chronic bronchitis (in accordance with NICE TA461).

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Body System:
Date Added: 24 - May - 2018

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not currently recommend the prescribing of TIOTROPIUM inhalation (Spiriva Respimat®▼) for asthma in children and young people < 18 years of age.

Body System:
Date Added: 26 - Jun - 2019

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not recommend the prescribing of voriconazole or posaconazole, by GPs or specialists, for Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis.