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05.03.02  Expand sub section  Herpesvirus infections
05.03.02.01  Expand sub section  Herpes simplex and varicella-zoster infection
Aciclovir
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First Choice
Green

Treatment for Herpes Zoster or Shingles, in line with In line with SCAN guidelines.

 
Famciclovir (Famvir®)
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Second Choice
Green

Treatment for Herpes Zoster or shingles if compliance a problem, as ten times cost. In line with SCAN guidelines.

 
   
Valaciclovir (Valtrex®)
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Second Choice
Green

Treatment for Herpes Zoster or shingles if compliance a problem, as ten times cost. In line with SCAN guidelines.

 
   
05.03.02.02  Expand sub section  Cytomegalovirus infection
Foscarnet Sodium (Foscavir®)
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Red
High Cost Medicine

Secondary care use only. 

APCO July 2010.

 
   
Ganciclovir (Cymevene®)
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Red
High Cost Medicine

Secondary care use only. 

APCO July 2010.

 
   
Letermovir (Prevymis®)
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Formulary
Red
NHS England

For preventing cytomegalovirus disease after a stem cell transplant as per NICE TA591.

Funded by specialised commissioning. 

 

 
Link  NICE TA591: Letermovir for preventing cytomegalovirus disease after a stem cell transplant
   
Valganciclovir (Valcyte®)
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Red
High Cost Medicine

Secondary care use only. 

APCO July 2010.

 
   
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 Non Formulary Items
Aciclovir lauriad  (Sitavig)

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Cidofovir infusion  (Vistide®)

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Non Formulary
High Cost Medicine
 
Inosine Pranobex  (Imunovir®)

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Non Formulary
Black

Not recommended for use.

APCO March 2005.

 
  
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Restricted Drug
Restricted Drug
Unlicensed Drug
Unlicensed
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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

Red

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

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

Brown

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

Black

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

OCCG Green

not used  

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