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.
The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends TAPENTADOL prolonged release tablets (Palexia® SR) for severe chronic pain in adults only when initiated by chronic pain specialists or palliative care specialists.
The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of TICAGRELOR tablets (Brilique®), following specialist initiation, for the management of acute coronary syndromes in adults in accordance with NICE TA236 and for preventing atherothrombotic events after myocardial infarction in accordance with NICE TA420.
The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of TIOTROPIUM inhaler (Spiriva® Respimat®) as an option for patients with poorly controlled asthma who are already on a maintenance dose of inhaled corticosteroid plus a long-acting beta2 agonist inhaler.
The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of tocilizumab infusion and subcutaneous injection (RoActemra®) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and adult-onset Still’s disease, and the infusion for juvenile idiopathic arthritis, as described.
The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of TOFACITINIB film-coated tablets (Xeljanz®▼), by specialists only, for moderately to severely active Ulcerative Colitis in accordance with NICE TA547.
The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends the prescribing of TOFACITINIB tablets (Xeljanz®▼), by specialists only, for treating psoriatic arthritis after inadequate response to DMARDs in accordance with NICE TA543.
The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee recommends that TRIPTORELIN (Decapeptyl® SR 3mg, 11.25mg and 22.5mg) INTRAMUSCULAR INJECTION is first choice gonadorelin analogue for prostate cancer following specialist urologist / oncologist initiation under applicable local arrangement.