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 Formulary Chapter 9: Nutrition and blood - Full Chapter
09.06.07  Expand sub section  Multivitamin preparations
Mutivitamins BPC
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First Choice
Green
  • Capsules containing ascorbic acid 15mg, nicotinamide 7.5mg, riboflavin 500 micrograms, thiamine HCl 1mg, vitamin A 2,500 units, & vitamin D 300 units
 
Dalivit®
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Green
  • Drops containing in each 0.6ml dose ascorbic acid 50mg, ergocalciferol
    400 units, nicotinamide 5mg, pyridoxine HCl 500 micrograms, riboflavin
    400 micrograms, thiamine 1mg & vitamin A 5,000 units)
    • Dalivit drops are to be retained for use in patients requiring a full supplement of vitamin A.

 
   
Healthy Start Vitamins
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Green plus
  • These formulations are prepared for the NHS and recommended in NICE guidance. DOH offers the Healthy Start Vitamins to pregnant women and children less than 4 years. They are only available through clinics and from midwives and are not prescribable on FP10 prescriptions
 
   
Abidec®
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Alternatives
Green
  • Drops containing in each 0.6ml dose ascorbic acid 50mg, ergocalciferol
    400 units, nicotinamide 5mg, pyridoxine HCL 500micrograms, riboflavin
    400 micrograms, thiamine 1mg & vitamin A 1,333 units.
    To be used in children and adults.
 
   
09.06.07  Expand sub section  Vitamin and mineral supplements and adjuncts to synthetic diets
Forceval®
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Green plus
  • Capsules & junior capsules
    • For limited use as a vitamin and mineral supplement in patients with phenylketonuria The capsules are also approved as an oral supplement in burns patients with malnutrition or alcohol dependency and patients with major burns after discontinuation of IV therapy, and have also been approved for use in patients with severe anorexia nervosa. Treatment initiated with specialist advice.

  • Soluble
    • Approved for short term use in patients who are unable to swallow
      Forceval capsules.

 
   
Ketovite®
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Green plus
 
   
Renavit® tablets
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Green plus
  • Water soluble vitamin supplementation therapy for maintenance haemodialysis patients only.
 
   
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Unlicensed Drug
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Controlled Drug
High Cost Medicine
High Cost Medicine
Cancer Drugs Fund
Cancer Drugs Fund
NHSE
NHS England
Homecare
Homecare
CCG
CCG

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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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