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02.09  Expand sub section  Antiplatelet drugs
Aspirin (antiplatelet)
(Dispersible Tablets)
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First Choice
OTC

 

  • Aspirin dispersible and EC tablets (75mg) can be purchased from a Community Pharmacist. 
  • Pregnant women at an increased risk of preeclampsia at their booking appointment should be offered a prescription of 75mg - 150mg aspirin to be taken each night from 12 weeks of pregnancy until birth (off-label use):
    • Please note Community pharmacies cannot legally sell aspirin as a Pharmacy Only Medicine for prevention of pre-eclampsia in pregnancy in England.
    • Aspirin for this indication must be prescribed.
    • Please see links below for further information. 

 

 
Clopidogrel
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Formulary
Green

  • GI risks very similar to aspirin.

  • Prescribe generically

  • Use in the following circumstances:

    • People who have had an ischaemic stroke or who have peripheral arterial disease or multivascular disease (as per NICE TA210)

    • Following MI only if aspirin is contra-indicated or not tolerated

    • Proven gastro-intestinal haemorrhage with low dose aspirin.

    • For cardiologists to treat patients who have had an acute coronary syndrome (ACS).



 
Link  MHRA: Clopidogrel - risk of acquired haemophilia
Link  MHRA: Clopidogrel and proton pump inhibitors - interaction, updated advice
Link  NICE Evidence Summary ESUOM23: Clopidogrel for transient ischaemic attack
Link  NICE TA210: Clopidogrel and modified-release dipyridamole for the prevention of occlusive vascular events
Link  CUH Prescribing of antiplatelets in non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (ACS)
   
Dipyridamole (Modified Release Capsules)
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Advice

  • Recommended as per NICE TA210 (modified-release dipyridamole)

  • Only if alternatives are not appropriate for the individual patient.

 
Link  NICE TA210 Clopidogrel and modified-release dipyridamole for the prevention of occlusive vascular events
   
Prasugrel
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Amber No SCG
 
Link  NICE TA317: Prasugrel with percutaneous coronary intervention for treating acute coronary syndromes
Link  MHRA Advice: Prasugrel (Efient) - increased risk of bleeding
Link  MHRA Advice: Prasugrel (Efient) - rare but serious hypersensitivity reactions
   
Ticagrelor
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Amber No SCG

  • Specialist Initiation only as per:

    • NICE TA236 for the treatment of acute coronary syndromes

    • NICE TA420 for preventing atherothrombotic events after myocardial infarction.



  • A Prescribing Support Document is available.


 

 
Link  NICE TA236: Ticagrelor for the treatment of acute coronary syndromes
Link  NICE TA420: Ticagrelor for preventing atherothrombotic events after myocardial infarction
Link  Prescribing Support Document: Ticagrelor for the treatment of acute coronary syndromes
   
Tirofiban
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Red Hospital

  • RESTRICTED to Cardiologists only - for the management of Acute Coronary Syndrome as per NICE TA47


 

 
Link  NICE TA47: Guidance on the use of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors in the treatment of acute coronary syndromes
   
Abciximab
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Red Hospital

  • RPH: Formulary

  • CUHFT: Approved only for Dr. Higgins to treat FOUR patients annually for thrombo-embolic complications of neuro-surgery. All other uses at CUHFT non formulary.

  • NWAFT: Non Formulary

 
Link  NICE TA47: Guidance on the use of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors in the treatment of acute coronary syndromes
   
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Cangrelor

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Non Formulary
Black

  • NICE TA351: Cangrelor for reducing atherothrombotic events in people undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention or awaiting surgery requiring interruption of anti‑platelet therapy (terminated appraisal). No evidence submission was received from The Medicines Company.

Link  NICE TA351: Reducing Artherothrombotic Events
 
Eptifibatide

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Non Formulary
Grey
 
  
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Status Description

OTC

Available Over the Counter. Consider Self Care   

Green

Formulary - Can be prescribed in both secondary and primary care.   

Advice

Formulary - Specialist Advice, secondary care advice provided for primary care initiation.  

Amber No SCG

Formulary - Specialist initiation without shared care guidance.  

Amber SCG

Formulary - Specialist initiation with shared care guidance.  

Red Hospital

Restricted - Hospital only, not to be prescribed in primary care.  

Switch

Not recommended for prescribing. Switch to alternative cost-effective option.   

Black

Not recommended for prescribing in primary or secondary care.  

Grey

Not recommended as no formal application made for addition to the formulary. Contact relevant pharmacy team for further information.   

Non Formulary

Non-Formulary (category under review).  

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