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Hameatology/Oncology related Prescribing Guidance

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

Haematology/Oncology related Shared Care Agreements

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


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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.   

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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.