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Unless explicitly stated, any brand names included in brackets next to a drug's generic name are there solely to aid searching and identification, and should not be considered to limit use to that specific brand.
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Amlodipine
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  • Amlodipine Tablets
 
   
Nifedipine
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  • Nifedipine Capsules
  • Nifedipine MR Tablets
 
   
Diltiazem
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  • Diltiazem MR Capsules
  • Diltiazem MR Tablets

Please ensure the brand is specified on the prescription.

When prescribing long acting diltiazem for a new patient, please use either Diltiazem LA 180mg, 240mg or 300mg.
This allows the pharmacy to dispense the brand of diltiazem, which is cost-effective across primary and secondary care.

Patients who are admitted who are already taking LA diltiazem should be maintained on their current brand unless the dose is changed for other reasons.

Please note: Diliazem XL should only be prescribed once daily.

 
   
Felodipine
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  • Felodipine Tablets
  • Felodipine MR Tablets

Following recommendation of Consultant Cardiologist.

 
   
Lacidipine
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  • Lacidipine Tablets

Reserved for existing patients only.

 
   
Lercanidipine Hydrochloride
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  • Lercanidipine Hydrochloride Tablets
 
   
Nimodipine
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  • Nimodipine Tablets

Supported for the prevention and treatment of ischaemic neurological defects following aneurismal subarachnoid haemorrhage.

 
   
Verapamil Hydrochloride
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Green Traffic Light Verapamil Tablets
Green Traffic Light Verapamil MR Capsules
Green Traffic Light Verapamil SF Solution
Red Traffic Light Verapamil Injection 
Link  UKMI Q&A: What is the evidence for verapamil for prevention of cluster headache? (September 2014)
   
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Nimodipine (IV infusion)

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  • Nimodipine Infusion

 Prevention and treatment of ischaemic neurological defects following aneurismal subarachnoid haemorrhage.

Non-formulary at ANHSFT due to the risk of serious side effects when given via IV adminstration. Nimodipine tablets are available for the same indication for administration by mouth, or via enteral feeding tubes (unlicensed use).

 
  
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Status Description

Green

Green - Drugs suitable for generalised use in accordance with position summary. Inform primary care of need to prescribe using a TTO chart if in patient or Treatment Advice Note (TAN) if Outpatient.   

Amber

Amber - these drugs require specialist initiation or recommendation  

Amber SCG

Amber Share Care - Drugs suitable for generalist use, in accordance with position summary, normally following specialist initiation and stabilisation. Ongoing division of responsibility for drug and disease monitoring between specialist and GP by a Shared Care Guideline (SCG). If no SCG in place status reverts to red.  

Red

Red - Drugs for specialist use only, in accordance with position summary. GPs should not be asked to prescribe these products.  

Red ULM

Red ULM - Unlicensed medicines for specialist use only, in accordance with position summary. GPs should not be asked to prescribe these products.  

Grey

Grey drugs - No formal commissioning position. Check appropriate CCG /NHSE commissioning list or contact CCG/NHSE Medicines Management team for advice. Fill in individual funding request for appropriate CCG/NHSE. This will need to be signed by the Chief Pharmacist and a copy of the relevant DTC submission attached.   

Black

Black - Drugs not routinely commissioned so should not usually be prescribed  

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