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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 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: 29 - Jul - 2015

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends SECUKINUMAB solution for subcutaneous injection (Cosentyx®▼) for adults with plaque psoriasis only in accordance with NICE TA350.

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Date Added: 11 - Apr - 2018

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee does not recommend the prescribing of SILK garments (Dermasilk®, Dreamskin®, Skinnies Silk®) 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: 25 - Sep - 2019

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of SODIUM ZIRCONIUM CYCLOSILICATE powder for oral suspension (Lokelma®▼) for the treatment of hyperkalaemia, within secondary care only, in line 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: 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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