Formulary assessment – Melatonin (Ceyesto) 1mg/ml oral solution

Formulary assessment tools are templates to support local decision making. They list NICE guidance, MHRA safety advice, and other relevant high quality advice and guidelines relevant to making decisions for local formularies.

The templates are pre-populated with useful information to reduce duplication of effort, with space for the addition of local information as appropriate. The purpose of the document is to support consistent decision making by formulary groups and APCs.

This information is produced for use by NHS healthcare professionals and RDTC stakeholders.

Formulary assessment – Methylphenidate 2mg/ml oral solution

Formulary assessment tools are templates to support local decision making. They list NICE guidance, MHRA safety advice, and other relevant high quality advice and guidelines relevant to making decisions for local formularies.

The templates are pre-populated with useful information to reduce duplication of effort, with space for the addition of local information as appropriate. The purpose of the document is to support consistent decision making by formulary groups and APCs.

This information is produced for use by NHS healthcare professionals and RDTC stakeholders.

Antidepressants – MO opportunities

Overview

At the end of July 2023 NHSE published guidance titled “National medicines optimisation opportunities 2023/24”. This guidance describes the 16 national medicines optimisation opportunities for the NHS in 2023/24, and signposts to resources to help with their implementation. It recommends Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) choose at least five medicines optimisation opportunities to focus and deliver on alongside their local medicines optimisation priorities. Progress against chosen opportunities will be reviewed using available data.

This report focuses on addressing inappropriate antidepressant prescribing and has data at SICBL, ICB and Commissioning Region level.

NHS England Aim: Reduce inappropriate long-term prescribing and associated spend on antidepressants.

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Frequency

Quarterly

Data period

January 2021 to December 2023

Sodium Valproate – MO opportunities

Overview

At the end of July 2023 NHSE published guidance titled “National medicines optimisation opportunities 2023/24”. This guidance describes the 16 national medicines optimisation opportunities for the NHS in 2023/24, and signposts to resources to help with their implementation. It recommends Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) choose at least five medicines optimisation opportunities to focus and deliver on alongside their local medicines optimisation priorities. Progress against chosen opportunities will be reviewed using available data.

This report focuses on improving valproate safety and has data at SICBL, ICB and Commissioning Region level.

NHS England Aim:

  • Prescribing valproate only in line with the guidance issued by MHRA and CHM.
  • Reduction in babies born with birth defects and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Frequency

Quarterly

Data period

January 2021 to December 2023

Opioids – MO opportunities

Overview

At the end of July 2023 NHSE published guidance titled “National medicines optimisation opportunities 2023/24”. This guidance describes the 16 national medicines optimisation opportunities for the NHS in 2023/24, and signposts to resources to help with their implementation. It recommends Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) choose at least five medicines optimisation opportunities to focus and deliver on alongside their local medicines optimisation priorities. Progress against chosen opportunities will be reviewed using available data.

This report focuses on reducing opioid use in chronic non-cancer pain and has data at SICBL, ICB and Commissioning Region level.

NHS England Aim: Reduce the number of patients prescribed an opioid for use in chronic non-cancer pain and reduce the number of patients receiving an oral morphine equivalent of ≥120mg/day.

The report is provided to NHS colleagues only, please do not share outside the NHS.

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This publication is part of our Strategic Support and Planning contract. To gain access please email us at nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net.   

Frequency

Quarterly

Data period

January 2021 to December 2023

Formulary assessment – Levomepromazine (Levorol) 6.25mg tablets

Formulary assessment tools are templates to support local decision making. They list NICE guidance, MHRA safety advice, and other relevant high quality advice and guidelines relevant to making decisions for local formularies.

The templates are pre-populated with useful information to reduce duplication of effort, with space for the addition of local information as appropriate. The purpose of the document is to support consistent decision making by formulary groups and APCs.

This information is produced for use by NHS healthcare professionals and RDTC stakeholders.

This publication was updated in April 2024 to reflect the licensing of an oral solution for the treatment of refractory nausea unassociated with chemotherapy.

Drugs for Dementia

Overview

This report looks at prescribing trends in primary care for Drugs for Dementia at SICBL and ICB level with particular focus on low strength antipsychotics. Prescribing data is weighted with QOF registers.

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Frequency

Quarterly

Data Period

January 2021 to December 2023

Budget impact of paracetamol 250mg/5ml oral suspension

The purpose of this bulletin is to highlight the increase in cost of paracetamol 250mg/5ml oral suspensions since May 2022. It considers the potential savings that could be achieved through cost-effective paracetamol suspension prescribing across the ICSs in the North East & Yorkshire region and Greater Manchester.

Budget impact of methylphenidate modified release tablet choice

The purpose of this bulletin is to highlight the difference in cost between bioequivalent methylphenidate modified release (MR) tablets. It considers the budget impact of MR tablet choice and shows the yearly primary care spend on all methylphenidate XL tablets, and the proportion of this spend on each of the available brands.

NICE TA875; Semaglutide for managing obesity: A briefing for ICSs  

In March 2023 NICE published TA875: Technology Appraisal guidance for semaglutide (Wegovy®) for managing overweight and obesity. The guidance recommends semaglutide as an option for weight management when prescribed by a specialist service alongside a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity in adults if they meet the criteria specified. This briefing aims to provide advice to prescribers on how the treatment can be accessed and which patient groups are eligible to receive Wegovy®. The document explains some of the limitations of the treatment and the evidence base, as described by NICE and may help to manage patient expectations.

At the time of publication the product is not yet available in the UK.