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For Clinical Referral Guideline (CRG) updates specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here. The NHS Devon CCG Medicines Optimisation Team have produced a COVID-19 Information and Guidance page, which features a frequently asked questions section, please click here.

Fixed temporary IT issues with 'Contact Us' forms

The Devon-wide Formulary and Referral Website was experiencing some technical issues with regards to email communications via the contact details pages located on the website, which has resulted in some enquiries not reaching the Formulary and Referral Teams.

This issue has now been resolved; the cause was related to an external NHS system error which incorrectly marked enquiries as spam and deleted them.

We are not sure for how long there was an error and we have been informed that the enquiries sent during this time are not retrievable. If you have contacted us via the website and have not received a response, please accept our apologies. You may wish to resend your enquiry via the website function.

To help us answer or direct your question to the right person, please tell us who you are and where you are emailing from; e.g. GP practice name, locality, or acute trust.

Please provide as much detail as possible to assist us in responding to your query, but do not include patient identifiable information. We will aim to respond to queries as soon as possible.

If your enquiry is related to a particular prescribing issue and an urgent reply is required, please contact your practice's Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist or the Medicines Optimisation Generic Mailbox:

The issue also affected the learning pages and if you have completed any multiple choice quizzes and require certificates please email the Formulary Team with; your full name, the completed quiz topic, and the month it was completed, and we will issue you with a certificate.

September 2020

EMA Safety Review: EMA's safety committee has confirmed that 5mg ulipristal acetate used for the treatment of symptoms of uterine fibroids can cause liver injury, and recommends revoking licence for ulipristal acetate for uterine fibroid.

  • The use of 5-mg ulipristal acetate medicines for uterine fibroids had already been suspended as a precautionary measure while awaiting the outcome of this review.
  • This recommendation does not affect the single-dose ulipristal acetate emergency contraceptive and there is no concern about liver injury with these medicines.

August 2020

Commissioning Policies
  • The routine commissioning of Sativex (cannabidiol and dronabinol) is accepted in Devon for the treatment of spasticity due to multiple sclerosis only when specific criteria are met (see Commissioning Policy for more details). Refer to section 10.2.2 Skeletal muscle relaxants
  • The routine commissioning of pitolisant hydrochloride is accepted in Devon only for the treatment of narcolepsy with cataplexy in adults aged 19 years and over who would otherwise be eligible for treatment with sodium oxybate (see Commissioning Policy for more details). Refer to section 4.1.1 Hypnotics
  • The routine commissioning of lnvicorp (aviptadil with phentolamine) is accepted in Devon for the management of male erectile dysfunction only when specific criteria are met (see Commissioning Policy for more details). Refer to section 7.4.5 Drugs for erectile dysfunction
Palliative care guidance: diamorphine injection replaced with morphine sulfate injection
Non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis
  • Following an update to the Gonorrhoea guidance from the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASSH) (January 2019); formulary guidance has been reviewed and updated. Please see the formulary for further information.
    • Arrange a dual test for both Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae; samples can be completed using standard swabs. Gonorrhoea must be specifically requested for testing to be completed accurately.
    • Ceftriaxone intramuscularly 1g, as a single dose, is recommended as the first line treatment option for uncomplicated anogenital and pharyngeal gonorrhoea infections
    • Oral antibiotics have been amended to amber (specialist input) as susceptibility should be known prior to use, and specialist input is to be sought
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE)
Actinic keratoses
  • Following the withdrawal of ingenol mebutate gel by the European Medicines Agency, the formulary indication for fluorouracil 5% cream has been extended to include the treatment of mild to moderate field changes. Please see the formulary for more information.
Drug changes and additions:
  • Zemtard XL (diltiazem hydrochloride) modified release capsules 120mg, 180mg, 240mg, 300mg have been added as green (first line) option for mild to moderate hypertension and angina. Click here for more information.
    • Slozem (diltiazem hydrochloride) modified release capsules have been removed from the formulary.
  • Omeprazole oral suspension 10mg/5ml sugar free has been added as a blue (second line) option for the treatment of reflux oesophagitis, and symptomatic treatment of heartburn and acid regurgitation in gastro-oesophageal reflux disease in children over 1 month of age, if the prescribed dose cannot be given using the available strength of dispersible tablets (e.g. dose less than 10mg), or administration through enteral feeding tubes is required. Click here for more information.
    • Ensure the licensed omeprazole suspension is prescribed and not a special liquid/suspension by selecting omeprazole 10mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free.
Last updated: 11-09-2020


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