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Welcome to the East Sussex Health Economy Formulary

** Please contact our CCG Medicines Management e-mail **

esxccg.MMT@nhs.net

for any queries you may have regarding the information within this formulary

Using the Formulary

For Public and Patients:

This formulary has been written for clinicians and healthcare professionals to enable them to prescribe medicines for their patients safely and cost effectively. If you have any questions about the medicines you have been prescribed please talk to your GP or pharmacist in the first instance. 

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For NHS users:

This formulary is intended for patients residing in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford and Hastings and Rother CCG catchment areas. 

How to access the BNF:

If accessing the BNF for the first time outside an NHS network or on a personal device you will need to "register" and then log in.  You will only have to do this once.

How to use the formulary status:

Please note the colours have changed slightly to align with our other two CCGs - see below:

Green: First line drugs - First line agents that may be initiated in both primary and secondary care.
Blue:

Second line drugs - Alternatives where first line agents have been tried or are not suitable. They may be initiated in both primary and secondary care.

The formulary colour coding is changing to align to a single colour coding across Sussex. Please note that blue (second line drugs) is to phased out and these drugs will become green (First line drugs).

Purple:

Specialist initiated or recommended drugs - Treatments that are recommended or initiated by a specialist and GPs continue to prescribe on specialist advice. 

Some specialist initiated drugs require dose titration and/or specific ongoing monitoring. GPs may be asked to take on additional monitoring once the patient has been stabilised on treatment by the specialist service.  

Orange:

Specialist initiated drugs - Treatments that are recommended or initiated by a specialist and GPs continue to prescribe on specialist advice. 

Some specialist initiated drugs require dose titration and/or specific ongoing monitoring. GPs may be asked to take on additional monitoring once the patient has been stabilised on treatment by the specialist service.  Arrangements for shared care are described in the Shared Care Guidelines for these drugs. 

These drugs also have a Shared Care agreement attached to them.

Red: Specialist prescribing only drugs – These drugs should only be prescribed by a specialist or within a specialist service.
Mixed Status: This is used where the drug has a different status for different presentations - please make sure you drill down

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  • First Line Drugs
  • Second Line Drugs
  • Specialist Initiated Drugs with Shared Care Guidelines
  • Specialist Only Drugs
  • Mixed Status