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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: 12 - Mar - 2013

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of MELATONIN 2mg modified release tablets (Circadin®) 'off-label' for adults aged 18 years and over with a learning disability OR who have been transferred from paediatric services, following specialist initiation in childhood for the treatment of persistent chronic sleep disorders.

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Date Added: 11 - Apr - 2019

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not currently recommend the prescribing of MELATONIN prolonged-release tablets (Slenyto®) for the treatment of insomnia in children with neurodevelopmental conditions.

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Date Added: 02 - Jul - 2019

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not currently recommend the prescribing of MELATONIN tablets 3 mg and oral solution 1 mg/ml for jet-lag.

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Date Added: 14 - Nov - 2017

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the use of meningococcal group B vaccine (Bexsero)®▼ in accordance with the meningococcal B (MenB) vaccination programme from Public Health England.

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Date Added: 28 - Feb - 2018

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of Mesalazine oral formulations by brand name following specialist initiation for inflammatory bowel disease. Octasa® brand is considered to be equivalent to Asacol® brand and currently represents a more cost effective choice.

Date Added: 30 - Nov - 2018

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.

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Prescribing support information

GP letter

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Date Added: 30 - Jan - 2020

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not recommend the prescribing of MINOCYCLINE for acne.

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Date Added: 10 - Jul - 2013

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of MIRABEGRON prolonged-release tablets (Betmiga®▼) for overactive bladder syndrome (OAB) in accordance with NICE TA290.

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