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13.08  Expand sub section  Sunscreens and camouflagers
13.08.01  Expand sub section  Sunscreen preparations
 note 

  • Sunscreen preparations are regarded as drugs when prescribed for skin protection against ultraviolet radiation in abnormal cutaneous photosensitivity resulting from genetic disorders or photodermatoses, including vitiligo, those resulting from radiotherapy and chronic or recurrent herpes simplex labialis
  • Prescriptions used in this way should be marked "ACBS" (Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances)
  • Uvistat®
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    Restricted Drug Restricted
    Green

    Cream UVB-SPF 30, Cream UVB-SPF 50, Lipscreen UVB-SPF 50

    OTC Patients should be advised to purchase over the counter

     
       
    Sunscreen (Anthelios XL, Sunsense Ultra)
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    Formulary
    Green

    Lotion UVB-SPF 50+

    OTC Patients should be advised to purchase over the counter

    • Borderline substance - For skin protection in Photodermatoses only. Prescription must state 'ACBS'.
    • Non-formulary if not for ACBS approved indication.
    • On the Nottinghamshire list of Medicines & Appliances of Limited Clinical Value.
    • NUH: Chemotherapy related photosensitivity reactions. Will be prescribed by specialist (i.e. ) as related to chemotherapy.
    • Anthelios XL available on prescription only as a 50ml volume.
    • Expiry date will be 6 to 12 months from opening - consider usage within this time when prescribing
     
       
    Dundee reflective sun creams (Dundee Block®)
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    Restricted Drug Restricted
    Red
    Unlicensed medicine - named patient use only
  • Red: sunscreen protection - specialist use only 
  • Link  Link to reviews
       
    13.08.01  Expand sub section  Photodamage
    Cytotoxic Drug Actikerall®
    (Fluorouracil/ salicylic acid)
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    Formulary
    Amber 3
    Cutaneous solution
  • For the treatment of actinic keratosis when prescribed in line with the Notts APC Solar Keratosis pathway  
  • Link  Actikerall patient Information Leaflet
    Link  Link to reviews
    Link  Solar Keratosis treatment guidance
       
    Cytotoxic Drug Fluorouracil (Efudix®)
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    Formulary
    Amber 3
    Cream 5%
  • For the treatment of actinic keratosis when prescribed in line with the Notts APC Solar Keratosis pathway  
  • Link  Solar Keratosis Efudix® Patient Information leaflet
    Link  Solar Keratosis treatment guidance
       
    Imiquimod  (Zyclara®)
    (Actinic Keratosis)
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    Formulary
    Amber 3
    Cream 3.75%
  • For the treatment of actinic keratosis when prescribed in line with the Notts APC Solar Keratosis pathway  
  • Link  Link to reviews
       
    Methyl-5-Aminolevulinate (Metvix®)
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    Formulary
    Red
    Cream
  • Red: Use in combination with photodynamic therapy in specialist centres 
  • Link  Link to reviews
       
    13.08.02  Expand sub section  Camouflagers
     note   
  • Preparations marked 'ACBS' are regarded as drugs when prescribed for postoperative scars and other deformities and as an adjunctive therapy in the relief of emotional disturbances due to disfiguring skin disease, such as vitiligo
  • Any preparations listed in the BNF may be used depending on the shades and consistency of product required
  • The SFHT and NUH pharmacy departments do not routinely stock any of the products, but will purchase them in when needed on an individual patient basis
  • Cleansing Creams, Cleansing Milks, and Cleansing Lotions are excluded from ACBS use
  • Amber 2 - Patients are normally referred to a local British Red Cross camouflage service, and products to be prescribed are normally recommended by this service 
  • Covermark®
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    Restricted Drug Restricted
    Amber 2
    Classic foundation
    Finishing powder
  • Borderline substance
  • For disfiguring skin lesions (birthmarks, mutilating lesions, scars, vitiligo) only - prescription must state 'ACBS'
  • Non-formulary if not for ACBS approved indication 
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    Dermacolor®
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    Restricted Drug Restricted
    Amber 2
    Camouflage creme
    Fixing powder
  • Borderline substance
  • For disfiguring skin lesions (birthmarks, mutilating lesions, scars, vitiligo) only - prescription must state 'ACBS'
  • Non-formulary if not for ACBS approved indication 
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    Keromask®
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    Restricted Drug Restricted
    Amber 2
    Masking cream
    Finishing powder
  • Borderline substance
  • For disfiguring skin lesions (birthmarks, mutilating lesions, scars, vitiligo) only - prescription must state 'ACBS'
  • Non-formulary if not for ACBS approved indication 
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    Veil®
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    Restricted Drug Restricted
    Amber 2
    Cover cream
    Finishing Powder
  • Borderline substance
  • For disfiguring skin lesions (birthmarks, mutilating lesions, scars, vitiligo) only - prescription must state 'ACBS'
  • Non-formulary if not for ACBS approved indication 
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     Non Formulary Items
    Aminolevulinic acid
    (Actinic keratosis)

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    Non Formulary
    Grey
  • No formal submission
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    Betacarotene

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    Non Formulary
    Grey
    • Not in adult BNF but is in Childrens BNF
    • Grey / Non-Formulary (no formal assessment)
     
    Borderline Substances  (Anthelios®)

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    Non Formulary
    Grey
     
    Borderline Substances  (Delph®)

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    Non Formulary
    Grey
     
    Borderline Substances  (SpectraBan®)

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    Non Formulary
    Grey
     
    Camouflagers  (Dermablend®)

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    Non Formulary
    Grey
     
    Diclofenac  (Solaraze®, Solacutan®)

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    Non Formulary
    Grey
     
    Ingenol mebutate  (Picato®)

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    Non Formulary
    Grey

    License suspended Feb 2020. MHRA information here

    Link  Ingenol patient information leaflet
    Link  Link to reviews
    Link  MHRA: Increased incidence of skin tumours seen in some clinical studies
     
    Sunscreen  (E45 Sun®)

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    Non Formulary
    Grey
  • SPF 25 (waterproof) (Titanium Dioxide 3.6% and Zinc Oxide 13.9%)
  • SPF 50 (waterproof) (Titanium Dioxide 6.4% and Zinc Oxide 16%)
  • Discontinued
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    Sunscreen  (Roc®)

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    Non Formulary
    Grey
    SPF 25% (Containing Avobenzone 2%, Ethylhexl P-Methoxycinnamate)
     
      
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    note Notes
    Section Title Section Title (top level)
    Section Title Section Title (sub level)
    First Choice Item First Choice item
    Non Formulary Item Non Formulary section
    Restricted Drug
    Restricted Drug
    Unlicensed Drug
    Unlicensed
    Track Changes
    Display tracking information
    click to search medicines.org.uk
    Link to adult BNF
    click to search medicines.org.uk
    Link to children's BNF
    click to search medicines.org.uk
    Link to SPCs
    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

    Grey

    Grey / Non-Formulary: Medicines, which the Nottinghamshire APC has actively reviewed and does not recommend for use at present due to limited clinical and/or cost effective data.
    Grey / Non-Formulary (undergoing assessment): Work is ongoing and will be reviewed at a future APC meeting.
    Grey / Non-Formulary (no formal assessment): APC has not formally reviewed this medicine or indication because it had never been requested for formulary inclusion. Often used for drugs new to market.
      

    Red

    Medicines which should normally be prescribed by specialists only. eg hospital only.
    For patients already receiving prescriptions in primary care - continue. No new patients to receive prescriptions in primary care.
      

    Amber 1

    Medicines that should be initiated by a specialist and prescribed by primary care prescribers only under a shared care protocol, once the patient has been stabilised.
    Prior agreement must be obtained by the specialist from the primary care provider before prescribing responsibility is transferred. The shared care protocol must have been agreed by the relevant secondary care trust Drugs and Therapeutics Committee(s) (DTC) and approved by the Nottinghamshire APC.
      

    Amber 2

    Medicines suitable to be prescribed in primary care / general practice after specialist* recommendation or initiation.
    A supporting prescribing guideline may be requested which must have been agreed by the relevant secondary care trust DTCs and approved by the Nottinghamshire APC.
    *Specialist is defined by the APC as a clinician who has undertaken an appropriate formal qualification or recognised training programme within the described area of practice
      

    Amber 3

    Primary care/ non specialist may initiate as per APC guideline.
    The supporting prescribing guideline must have been agreed by the relevant secondary care trust D&TC(s) and approved by the Nottinghamshire APC.
      

    Green

    Medicines suitable for routine use within primary care.
    Can be initiated within primary care within their licensed indication, in accordance with nationally recognised formularies, for example the BNF, BNF for Children, Medicines for Children or Palliative Care Formulary. Primary care prescribers take full responsibility for prescribing.   

    OTC

      

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