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 Formulary Chapter 5: Infections - Full Chapter
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Intravenous antibiotics are more expensive than oral equivalents and some are very expensive they also put patients at risk of IV cannula infections. Oral antibiotics are usually fairly cheap. IM injections are rarely if ever indicated.

Course lengths:
Prescriptions for oral antibiotics for in-patients should be reviewed at or before five days. Prescriptions for intravenous antibiotics should be reviewed at or before 48 hours after which the patient should be considered for an oral antibiotic if there is an equivalent available. For uncomplicated urinary tract infections three days treatment is usually sufficient in adult women. Complicated infections require longer treatment.

When initiating therapy with agents marked with Restricted, you must seek Microbiology/Infectious Diseases advice.

The restricted antimicrobials may be prescribed without discussion with microbiology if they are being used for an approved indication as specified. Use outside these indications (and any use for some antimicrobials) requires DOCUMENTED approval from one of the medical microbiologists or Infectious Diseases Physician prior to prescribing.

For further information on prescribing antimicrobials at Royal Papworth Hospital please refer to the Microguide

Prescribing in Primary Care and CPFT should follow the Primary Care Prescribing Guidelines and initiate only those treatments recommended as Green (unless on the advice of a microbiologist)

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05.03.01  Expand sub section  HIV infection
05.03.01  Expand sub section  Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors
05.03.01  Expand sub section  Protease inhibitors
05.03.01  Expand sub section  Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors
05.03.01  Expand sub section  Other antiretrovirals to top
Dolutegravir
(Tablet)
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Red Hospital
High Cost Medicine

CUH additional advice:

 
   
Dolutegravir, abacavir & lamivudine (Triumeq)
(Tablet)
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Red Hospital
High Cost Medicine

CUH additional advice:



  • As per NHSE specialised service circular: See guidance.

 
Link  Specialised Services Circular - Dolutegravir for treatment of HIV-1 in adults and adolescents
   
Enfuvirtide (Fuzeon)
(Injection)
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Red Hospital
High Cost Medicine

CUH additional advice



  • Restricted to ID / GU Medicine advice only.

  • Clinic 1A only for AIDS/HIV pts (Dr. Carne and team)- subject to funding being secured.

 
   
Maraviroc
(Tablet)
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Red Hospital
High Cost Medicine

CUH additional advice:



  • Restricted to GU med only.

  • Clinic 1a/ ID for HIV, when used in line with BHIVA guidelines and only after genotyping - providing funding has been secured.

 
   
Raltegravir (Isentress )
(Tablet)
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Restricted Drug Restricted
Red Hospital
High Cost Medicine

CUH additional advice:



  • Restricted to ID / GU Medicine advice only.

  • Clinic 1a/ ID for HIV, when used in line with BHIVA guidelines - providing funding has been secured.

  • Patient Specific Prior Approval form.

 
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Section Title Section Title (sub level)
First Choice Item First Choice item
Non Formulary Item Non Formulary section
Restricted Drug
Restricted Drug
Unlicensed Drug
Unlicensed
Track Changes
Display tracking information
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Link to adult BNF
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Link to children's BNF
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Link to SPCs
SMC
Scottish Medicines Consortium
Cytotoxic Drug
Cytotoxic Drug
CD
Controlled Drug
High Cost Medicine
High Cost Medicine
Cancer Drugs Fund
Cancer Drugs Fund
NHSE
NHS England
Homecare
Homecare
CCG
CCG

Traffic Light Status Information

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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