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Recommendations

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. In the absence of any COVID-specific advice then the usual Pan Mersey guidance and RAG rating will still apply unless otherwise indicated.

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

Documents

Date Added: 24 - Oct - 2019

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of ORAL BISPHOSPHONATES (alendronic acid, ibandronic acid and risedronate sodium) for treating osteoporosis in accordance with NICE TA464.

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Date Added: 03 - Mar - 2018

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of Blood Glucose Testing Strips in accordance with the supplied guidance.

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Date Added: 24 - Oct - 2019

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of BOTULINUM NEUROTOXIN TYPE A injection (Xeomin®) for the treatment of chronic sialorrhoea, in accordance with NICE TA605.

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Date Added: 29 - Jul - 2015

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends no more than TWO TREATMENT SESSIONS per YEAR of Botulinum Toxin Type A Injection (Botox®) by specialists for the treatment of severe axillary hyperhidrosis that has not responded to treatment with topical antiperspirants or other antihidrotic treatment, as a potential alternative to surgery.

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Date Added: 23 - May - 2018

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends prescribing a maximum of TWO COURSES of botulinum toxin type A injection in the treatment of chronic anal fissure which has not healed despite a minimum course of at least 8 weeks of topical management.

Date Added: 30 - Jan - 2020

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE Gel (Mirvaso®) for the treatment of moderate to severe, persistent facial erythema associated with rosacea in adults

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Date Added: 02 - Oct - 2018

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of BRIVARACETAM tablets/oral solution (Briviact®▼) for adjunctive treatment of focal seizures following initiation by a consultant neurologist.

AMBER patient retained by specialist NHS Wirral CCG

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Date Added: 24 - Jul - 2018

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not currently recommend the prescribing of BRIVARACETAM tablets or oral solution (Briviact®▼) for the treatment of epilepsy in children and adolescents.

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Date Added: 26 - Apr - 2018

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of BRODALUMAB solution for injection (Kyntheum®▼), by specialists only, for treating plaque psoriasis in accordance with NICE TA511.

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Date Added: 04 - May - 2020

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not currently recommend the prescribing of BROLUCIZUMAB solution for injection (Beovu®▼) for neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration.

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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.

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Date Added: 04 - Apr - 2019

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not currently recommend the prescribing of BUDESONIDE orodispersible tablets (Jorveza®▼) for eosinophilic oesophagitis.

Date Added: 29 - Oct - 2019

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not currently recommend the prescribing of BUPRENORPHINE prolonged-release injection (Buvidal®) for the treatment of opioid dependence.

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