Criteria for Preservative Free (PF) and Single Dose Unit (SDU) presentations:
These are restricted to patients with • true preservative allergy and/or • evidence of epithelial toxicity from preservatives and/or • severe dry eyes and/or • require/ may require surgery in the near future and/or • neonates
Mydriatics and cycloplegics
Atropine Sulphate 0.5% drops
Atropine Sulphate 1% drops
Atropine Sulphate single use (Minims® )
Specialist Ophthalmologist Recommendation -used by glaucoma surgeons for neovascular glaucoma.
Cyclopentolate Hydrochloride 0.5% eye drops
Cyclopentolate Hydrochloride 1% eye drops
Cyclopentolate Hydrochloride single use (Minims® )
Specialist Ophthalmologist Recommendation.
Tropicamide 0.5% and 1% (Mydriacyl®)
Tropicamide single use (Minims® Tropicamide)
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Prescribing in children
The APC notes that the informed use of unlicensed medicines or of licensed medicines for unlicensed applications (‘off-label’ use) is often necessary in paediatric practice.
The APC advises GPs to consider specialist prescribing recommendations for Green and Amber medicines that are not subject to ESCAs or RICaDs in combination with the information provided in the BNFC which goes beyond that of marketing authorisations. The BNFC has been designed for rapid reference and the information presented has been carefully selected to aid decisions on prescribing.
Medicines suitable for routine use within primary care. Initiation and maintenance of prescribing by Specialists, GPs and other qualified clinicians.
Amber Specialist Initiation: Initiation and maintenance of prescribing by Specialists and transfer to Primary Care prescribing when appropriate. This may be supported by a RICaD, annotated within the formulary entry.
Amber Specialist Recommendation: Initiation and maintenance of prescribing in Primary Care following recommendation from a Specialist.
Amber Shared Care: Initiation and maintenance of prescribing by Specialists and transfer to Primary Care prescribing, in accordance with an ESCA, annotated within the formulary entry.
Medicines for initiation and maintenance prescribing by Specialists only.
Non-formulary Medicines which APC/Trust DTC has actively reviewed and do not recommend for use.
Positive NICE TA and/or awaiting local clarification on place in therapy; Please contact your Medicines Optimisation team for more information.
The term 'Specialist' refers to Consultants, General Practitioners and Independant Prescribers with a Specialist Interest.