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 Formulary Chapter 16: Emergency Treatment of Poisoning - Full Chapter
16  Expand sub section  Poisoning
16  Expand sub section  Body Temperature
16  Expand sub section  Nerve agents
16  Expand sub section  Pesticides
16  Expand sub section  Snake bites and animal stings to top
16  Expand sub section  Convulsion
16  Expand sub section  Removal and Elimination
16  Expand sub section  Removal from the Gastro-intestinal tract
16  Expand sub section  Prevention of absorption
16  Expand sub section  Active elimination techniques to top
16  Expand sub section  Specific Drugs
16  Expand sub section  Alcohol
16  Expand sub section  Analgesics (non-opioid)
Acetylcysteine 2gram in 10ml injection
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Paracetamol overdose


 
   
Methionine 250mg and 500mg tablets
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Paracetamol overdose

 

 
   
16  Expand sub section  Analgesics (opioid)
16  Expand sub section  Antidepressants to top
16  Expand sub section  Antimalarials
16  Expand sub section  Beta Blockers
16  Expand sub section  Calcium-channel blockers
16  Expand sub section  Hypnotics and anxiolytics
16  Expand sub section  Iron Salts to top
16  Expand sub section  Lithium
16  Expand sub section  Phenothiazines and related drugs
16  Expand sub section  Stimulants
16  Expand sub section  Theophylline
16  Expand sub section  Other poisons to top
16  Expand sub section  Cyanides
16  Expand sub section  Ethylene glycol and methanol
16  Expand sub section  Heavy Metals
16  Expand sub section  Noxious gases
16  Expand sub section  CS Spray to top
16.01  Expand sub section  Other items
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Restricted Drug
Restricted Drug
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
CCG
CCG

Traffic Light Status Information

Status Description

Red

Drugs for hospital use only. The responsibility for initiation and monitoring treatment should rest with an appropriate hospital clinician and the drug should be supplied through the hospital throughout the duration of treatment. In some very exceptional circumstances (e.g. due to distance from the hospital, storage, supply or mobility/transport problems) it may be appropriate for the GP to be asked to prescribe a Red drug. This should be negotiated on an individual patient basis and should only be done with the GP’s prior informed agreement where the roles of the GP and hospital services are clearly defined and agreed. The GP should not feel under pressure to prescribe in these circumstances.   

Amber

Drugs initiated by hospital specialist, but where continuing treatment by GPs may be appropriate under a shared care arrangement. The specialist should send the GP a copy of the shared care agreement to sign. The GP should sign the shared care agreement, or indicate they do not want to be part of such an agreement, and return a copy back to the specialist. Shared care guidelines are available or are being developed for most of the drugs listed as Amber. If no shared care guideline is available, the hospital specialist should provide the patient’s GP with sufficient information and support to allow treatment to be continued and managed safely in primary care.  

Green plus

Drugs normally recommended or initiated by hospital specialist, but where the provision of an information leaflet may be appropriate to facilitate continuing treatment by GPs. Many of these information sheets are in the process of development.  

Green

Drugs where prescribing by GPs is appropriate. Drugs not classified as Red, Amber or Green Plus (formerly blue in North of Tyne) are generally classified as ‘Green’ by default. The Green drugs listed here include those products normally initiated by hospital specialists where there was a need for discussion and debate as to the category in which they should be placed.  

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