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a woman sneezing imageMay 15 2018

GPs should discontinue issuing prescriptions for antivirals for flu, the Chief Medical Officer has announced.

A Central Alerting System notice issued on May 9 says GPs and other prescribers working in primary care should no longer prescribe antiviral medicines for the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza on an FP10 prescription form.

The notice has been issued “in accordance with NICE guidance and Schedule 2 to the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of drugs etc) Regulations 2004, commonly known as the Grey List or Selected List Scheme (SLS),” says the CAS.

Community pharmacists have also been asked to no longer supply flu antivirals against an FP10. The restriction does not apply to secondary care.

The advice will stay in place in primary care until flu levels pick up again in the 2018-19 flu season. The CAS expects clinical commissioning groups to have arrangements in place should there be an outbreak in the community in the meantime which could affect care homes.

Link:
CAS - CEM/CMO/2018/003. ‘Influenza Season 2017/18: Use of Antiviral Medicines’             

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