Guidance to support primary care prescribers and pharmacists is available from the MLCSU Coronavirus guidance resource page. Links are provided to national resources and regional documents produced by MLCSU, RDTC, and SPS for use by Pan Mersey APC, LSCMMG, and GMMMG.
The list of resources will be updated as new material becomes available so please check back regularly for updates.
The Pan Mersey APC supports the use of COVID-specific guidance issued by NICE, and NHS England and NHS Improvement. During the COVID pandemic this will supersede any APC advice. In the absence of any COVID-specific advice then the usual Pan Mersey guidance and RAG rating will still apply unless otherwise indicated.
When clinical, and therefore prescribing, responsibility for a patient is transferred from hospital to GP, it is of the utmost importance that the GP has full confidence to prescribe the necessary drugs. It is, therefore, essential that a transfer involving drug therapies with which GPs would not normally be familiar should not take place without full local agreement and the dissemination of sufficient information to individual GPs.
When a consultant considers a patient's condition is stable, he may seek the agreement of the GP concerned to share care. In proposing a shared care arrangement, a consultant may advise the general practitioner which medicine to prescribe. Where a new, or rarely prescribed, medicine is being recommended, its dosage and administration must be specified by the consultant so that the GP is properly informed and can monitor treatment and adjust the dose if necessary. In addition, when a treatment is not licensed for a particular indication, then full justification for the use of the drug should be given by the consultant to the GP.
Indications, dose adjustments and monitoring requirements for disease modifying drugs (DMDs) (licensed and unlicensed indications) included in this Framework are in line with national guidance published by the British Society for Rheumatology 2017.