Medical camouflaging products must only be initiated by a healthcare professional that specialises in skin colour matching and appropriate application techniques.
Please note: these products must only be continued in primary care if the patient’s GP believes issuing such a prescription will continue to significantly reduce the impact of the patient’s medical condition.
Prescribing recommendation: Where a DOAC is considered to be the most appropriate anticoagulant, edoxaban is to be used 1st line for patients with non-valvular AF unless there is a specific clinical reason not to do so.
Buprenorphine and Fentanyl Patches for Pain should be reserved for use in patients with Chronic, Stable Pain who are Unable to Take or Tolerate Oral Medications (Including soluble tablets/liquids). If prescribed, it is recommended that the reason for use is documented on initiation and if appropriate patients are switched back to oral formulations at review.
Oral morphine remains the strong opioid of choice and should be used 1st line where appropriate.
Where a proprietary biological medicine is indicated and biologically similar (biosimilar) medicine(s) to the reference product also exist the product with the lowest acquisition price should be used and charged to the commissioning organisation at the acquisition price (within licensed indications).
Product choices, including changes to treatment, for individual patients should be made following assessment by the responsible clinician taking into account patient choice.
Please note: GPs and other primary care prescribers are under no obligation to act upon the advice issued by a private specialist. If the NHS prescriber receiving the request does not believe they have the competence to initiate or continue the recommended intervention a referral to an appropriate NHS specialist should be made. Patients are entitled to receive additional private care if this is provided separately from NHS care.
This position statement relates to the use of tapentadol MR for the following indications:
1. As a treatment option for intractable neuropathic pain in non-palliative care patients
2. As a treatment for nonspecific pain
Tapentadol Non Palliative Neuropathic Pain New Medicine Assessment
Trans-anal Irrigation Systems are recommended for use within the Lancashire Health Economy for the treatment of Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction and Non-Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction including; chronic constipation and chronic faecal incontinence
This position statement covers all single-ingredient preparations of vitamin D prescribed within the Lancashire NHS health economy for the management of deficiency and insufficiency states. This document is not intended to provide full guidance for the use of vitamin D within the NHS in Lancashire. Local protocols should also be consulted where they exist.
This policy only covers preparations without a product licence. Preparations with a product licence should only be prescribed for its licensed indications.
The prescribing of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, Herbal and Homeopathic medicines without a product licence in the NHS in primary care and secondary care in Lancashire is not recommended unless funding has been agreed for an individual product for a specific indication.