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03.04.01  Expand sub section  Antihistamines
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OTC options are available. Patients should be encouraged to purchase these.

Prescription items should be supplied at the lowest acquisition cost and branded items should not be supplied on prescription (unless directed on Optimize Rx)

03.04.01  Expand sub section  Non-sedating antihistamines
03.04.01  Expand sub section  Sedating antihistamines
Chlorphenamine
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First Choice
Green

Tablets and liquid

 

 
Promethazine (Phenergan®)
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Second Choice
Green

Commonly used as sleep aid due to sedating properties. Sedation required in some allergic conditions

Used for travel sickness

 
   
Hydroxyzine
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Third Choice
Green

Option for Pruritus

 

 
   
Alimemazine (Vallergan®)
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Yellow
 
   
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Unlicensed Drug
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Controlled Drug
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NHS England
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Status Description

Green

Drugs that may be initiated, stabilised and maintained by primary, secondary or tertiary care Secondary and tertiary care prescribing may be continued by primary care. [this does not indicate first/second line choice]  

Green Hospital

Items used by the Hospital but would not normally be continued into primary care. Primary care prescribers can change to GREEN first or second.   

Green plus

Initiation of drugs by primary care following written advice from secondary/ tertiary care advice.  

Yellow

Drugs that may be continued in primary care following initiation and stabilisation in secondary/tertiary care  

Amber

Items requiring a shared care agreement. These items should be initiated and stabilised by secondary or tertiary care. The GP should only be asked to take over prescribing through a formal shared care agreement. Secondary care will be expected to continue prescribing until the agreement is made.  

Red

Hospital/ Trust ONLY. These are items the secondary and tertiary care are responsible for prescribing and will need to continue to prescribe for long term maintenance. These items will NOT be prescribed in primary care. But primary care should be informed the patient is receiving these items. This will include NHSE funded items requiring repatriation.  

GP - Black

Items covered by NHSE ‘Should not prescribe in primary care list’ – See CCG policy on Drugs of limited clinical value  

GP - Grey

Grey List: Items covered by NHSE ‘Should not prescribe in primary care list’ that are not to be routinely prescribed but may be suitable in a defined population – See CCG policy on Drugs of limited clinical value  

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