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Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
 Formulary Chapter 10: Musculoskeletal and joint diseases - Full Chapter

Prescribing Guidance

Please see our Prescribing Guidelines page for all prescribing guidance relating to this chapter.

Shared Care Agreements

Please see our Shared Care Agreements page for all shared care agreements (SCAs) relating to this chapter.


Many of the products in this chapter are available for purchase over-the-counter, and patients are encouraged to self-care, with the support of their community pharmacist, in the first instance.

For further information on self-care & the NHS, please refer to

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Methylprednisolone Acetate
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  • 120mg/3ml, 40mg/1ml and 80mg/2ml injection


Triamcinolone Acetonide
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  • Adcortyl® Intra-articular/Intradermal injection 10mg in 1mL
  • Kenalog® injection/Intramuscular injection 40mg in 1mL

June 2020 Update: Adcortyl 10mg in 1mL vials have been discontinued.

Adcortyl 50mg in 5mL vials remain available.  Kenalog 40mg in 1mL vials are also available. When prescribing and administering consider indication and most appropriate product for required dose. Ensure correct volume is drawn up. Ensure any remaining contents of vial are discarded and NOT used for multiple patients.

Hydrocortisone acetate
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  • 25mg/1ml injection
 Non Formulary Items
(injection - local)

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(joint injection)

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Traffic Light Status Information

Status Description

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RED - Hospital only to be prescribed by a specialist and supplied from secondary care ONLY throughout treatment.  

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Amber medicines are considered suitable for GP prescribing following specialist initiation or recommendation.  

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Shared Care - these medicines require specialist initiation and stabilisation. Ongoing division of responsibility for drug and disease monitoring between specialist and GP by a Shared Care Guideline (SCG). If no SCG in place status reverts to red.  

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These medicines are appropriate for initiation in both primary and secondary care. Prescribing is appropriate within licensed or local recommendations.  

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Suitable for patient to be directed to buy themselves  

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Not currently used. We intend to include this TLS in future to highlight where a decision to use this medicine is under review.   

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(In use from Oct 2020) Used where a decision has been made by the BSW APC not to routinely commission this preparation for its licensed indications. Do not prescribe.   

Traffic LightRed Specialist Centre

Not currently used. We intend to include this TLS in future to highlight where this medicine and indication is ONLY available through a Specialist Centre according to a NICE Highly Specialised Technology or NHSE Specialised Commission Circular / Policy.