netFormulary Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group NHS
 Formulary Chapter 13: Skin - Full Chapter
13.05.02  Expand sub section  Preparations for psoriasis
13.05.02  Expand sub section  Topical preparations for psoriasis
13.05.02  Expand sub section  Oral retinoids for psoriasis
Acitretin (Neotigason®)
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For prescribing by dermatologists only in secondary care.

NB. Women of child-bearing potential should be on at least one, or preferably two, complementary forms of effective contraception (e.g. barrier and hormonal) for at least 1 month before starting treatment, during treatment, and for at least 3 years after stopping treatment.

APCO March 2007.

Link  MHRA: Oral retinoids - pregnancy prevention reminder
Link  UKMI Q&A: Can acitretin be given to patients with renal impairment or patients on renal replacement therapies?  Expand sub section  Topical preparations for the scalp
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Traffic Light Status Information

Status Description


Red: Medicines which should only be prescribed in secondary care by a specialist.  

Amber Continuation

Amber Continuation: Medicines which should be initiated or recommended by a specialist for continuation in primary care. The specialist must notify the GP that the prescribing responsibility has been transferred.   

Amber Shared Care Protocol

Amber Shared Care Protocol: Medicines which are appropriate to be initiated and stabilised by a specialist, once stabilised the medicine may be appropriate for responsibility to be transferred from secondary to primary care with the agreement of a GP and a formal ‘shared care’ agreement. The shared care protocol must be approved by the Area Prescribing Committee Oxfordshire (APCO).   


Green: Medicines which are suitable for initiation and ongoing prescribing within primary care.   


Brown: Medicines which should only be prescribed in restricted circumstances.  


Black: Medicines which are not recommended for use because of lack of evidence of clinical effectiveness, cost effectiveness or safety.  

OCCG Green

not used