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 Formulary Chapter 15: Anaesthesia - Full Chapter
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15.02  Expand sub section  Local anaesthesia
15.02  Expand sub section  Articaine
15.02  Expand sub section  Bupivacaine
15.02  Expand sub section  Levobupivacaine
15.02  Expand sub section  Lidocaine to top
15.02  Expand sub section  Mepivacaine
15.02  Expand sub section  Prilocaine
15.02  Expand sub section  Chloroprocaine
15.02  Expand sub section  Ropivacaine
15.02  Expand sub section  Tetracaine to top
15.02  Expand sub section  Other local anaesthetics
Benzocaine 20% Gel (Ultracare Bubble Gum)
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Oral gel
  • NUH: Used in maxillofacial prior to LA injections
  • Non-BNF (OTC) 
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    Controlled Drug Cocaine
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    Formulary
    Red
    Nasal spray 10%
    Sterile solution 10% - unlicensed special
    Paste 25% - unlicensed special
  • NUH only 
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    Controlled Drug Cocaine with Adrenaline
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    Formulary
    Red
    Cocaine 6% with Adrenaline 0.05% (Moffat's solution) 
       
    Dermogesic spray
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    Restricted Drug Restricted
    Red
    Local anaesthesia for venopuncture in paediatric patients where Ametop and Emla not suitable
  • NUH only 
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    Ethyl Chloride (Cryogesic Spray)
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    Formulary
    Green
    Spray
    Restricted for use in well ventilated areas
    March 2017 1000% price rise
    SFH: For testing epidural block height in adults use Deep Freeze Spray 
       
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     Non Formulary Items
    Benzocaine

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    Non Formulary
    Grey
    Non-BNF
     
      
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    Unlicensed Drug
    Unlicensed
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    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
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    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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