Primary Prevention: New patients offer atorvastatin 20 mg for the primary prevention of CVD to people who have a 10% or greater 10 year risk of developing CVD. Estimate the level of risk using the QRISK2 assessment tool as per NICE CG below.
Secondary Prevention: New patients start statin treatment in people with CVD with atorvastatin 80 mg. Use a lower dose of atorvastatin if any of the following apply: potential drug interactions, high risk of adverse effects, patient preference as per NICE CG below.
Primary prevention for people with type 1 diabetes as per NICE CG below, start treatment for adults with type 1 diabetes with atorvastatin 20 mg.
Primary prevention for people with type 2 diabetes as per NICE CG below, Offer atorvastatin 20 mg to people who have a 10% or greater 10?year risk of developing CVD using the QRISK2 assessment tool
RED - Hospital only – to be prescribed by a specialist and supplied from secondary care ONLY throughout treatment.
Amber medicines are considered suitable for GP prescribing following specialist initiation or recommendation.
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.
These medicines are appropriate for initiation in both primary and secondary care. Prescribing is appropriate within licensed or local recommendations.
Suitable for patient to be directed to buy themselves
Not currently used. We intend to include this TLS in future to highlight where a decision to use this medicine is under review.
(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.
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.