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.
Restricted for Psychiatry specialist recommendation only.
Olanzapine (Zyprexa®, Zalasta®)
Olanzapine Orodispersible Tablets
Reserved for use in patients who cannot swallow tablets only
Restricted for Psychiatry specialist recommendation only
Quetiapine (Seroquel®, Sondate XL)
Quetiapine MR Tablets
Reserved for Psychiatry specialist recommendation only Note: Sondate XL® is the preferred brand of Quetiapine XL in primary care.
Risperidone Liquid Restricted to patients who are unable to swallow tablets.
Risperidone Orodispersible Tablets Reserved for patients who do not tolerate risperidone liquid, do to high cost.
Restricted to Psychiatry specialist recommendation only
Non Formulary Items
Paliperidone tablets (Invega®)
Paliperidone modified release tablets are not routinely commissioned based on significant cost without additional clinical benefits in comparison with risperidone tablets.
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Traffic Light Status Information
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 - these drugs require specialist initiation or recommendation
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 - Drugs for specialist use only, in accordance with position summary. GP’s should not be asked to prescribe these products.
Red ULM - Unlicensed medicines for specialist use only, in accordance with position summary. GP’s should not be asked to prescribe these products.
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 - Drugs not routinely commissioned so should not usually be prescribed