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13.03  Expand sub section  Topical local anaesthetics and antipruritics
Calamine
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Formulary
Green

Cream
Lotion

OTC Patients should be advised to purchase over the counter

  • May be prescribed if appropriate to in-patients; patients should be advised on discharge that further supply should be purchased
 
   
Crotamiton (Eurax)
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Formulary
Green

Cream
Lotion

OTC Patients may be advised to purchase over the counter for short term relief

  • May be prescribed if appropriate to in-patients; patients should be advised on discharge that further supply should be purchased
 
   
Levomenthol
(Menthol in aqueous cream)
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Formulary
Green

Cream 

  • Try an emollient cream first- creams for itching can work better if kept cold in the fridge.
  • At SFH: Dermacool® 1% 500g (~£20)
  • At NUH: manufactured by Pharmacy Non Sterile Production Unit
 
   
Topical local anaesthetics
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Formulary

See section 15.2

OTC Patients should be advised to purchase over the counter

  • May be prescribed if appropriate to in-patients; patients should be advised on discharge that further supply should be purchased
 
   
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 Non Formulary Items
Doxepin  (Xepin)
(topical)

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Non Formulary
Grey
 
  
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Status Description

Grey

Grey / Non-Formulary: Medicines, which the Nottinghamshire APC has actively reviewed and does not recommend for use at present due to limited clinical and/or cost effective data.
Grey / Non-Formulary (undergoing assessment): Work is ongoing and will be reviewed at a future APC meeting.
Grey / Non-Formulary (no formal assessment): APC has not formally reviewed this medicine or indication because it had never been requested for formulary inclusion. Often used for drugs new to market.
  

Red

Medicines which should normally be prescribed by specialists only. eg hospital only.
For patients already receiving prescriptions in primary care - continue. No new patients to receive prescriptions in primary care.
  

Amber 1

Medicines that should be initiated by a specialist and prescribed by primary care prescribers only under a shared care protocol, once the patient has been stabilised.
Prior agreement must be obtained by the specialist from the primary care provider before prescribing responsibility is transferred. The shared care protocol must have been agreed by the relevant secondary care trust Drugs and Therapeutics Committee(s) (DTC) and approved by the Nottinghamshire APC.
  

Amber 2

Medicines suitable to be prescribed in primary care / general practice after specialist* recommendation or initiation.
A supporting prescribing guideline may be requested which must have been agreed by the relevant secondary care trust DTCs and approved by the Nottinghamshire APC.
*Specialist is defined by the APC as a clinician who has undertaken an appropriate formal qualification or recognised training programme within the described area of practice
  

Amber 3

Primary care/ non specialist may initiate as per APC guideline.
The supporting prescribing guideline must have been agreed by the relevant secondary care trust D&TC(s) and approved by the Nottinghamshire APC.
  

Green

Medicines suitable for routine use within primary care.
Can be initiated within primary care within their licensed indication, in accordance with nationally recognised formularies, for example the BNF, BNF for Children, Medicines for Children or Palliative Care Formulary. Primary care prescribers take full responsibility for prescribing.   

OTC

  

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