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 Formulary Chapter 5: Infections - Full Chapter
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Traffic Light Status Information

Status Description


Not recommended for use because of lack of evidence of clinical effectiveness, cost effectiveness or safety.
Drugs which have been evaluated and rejected by the Medicines Value Group (MVG)
Drugs defined as ‘Low Priority’ by the South Central Priorities Committee
New drugs which have not as yet been evaluated by the MVG
Any drug not listed in the Buckinghamshire Formulary  


Drugs which should only be prescribed in secondary care by a specialist.
Require specialist knowledge and/or equipment for patient selection and initiation
Require long term on-going monitoring and dose adjustment to ensure efficacy and minimise toxicity by a specialist
Designated as “hospital only“ by product licence, NICE, DoH or BNF
May need further evaluation by a specialist
Are hospital initiated clinical trial materials  

Red Specialist Centre

As for ‘red’ (above) with the addition of the following:
Designated by NHS England to require initiation by or in prior agreement with a Specialist Centre. Continuation where appropriate by BHT (or other secondary care provider)
Detailed requirements for Specialist Centre initiation to be described in the wording of the formulary restriction  

Amber Protocol

Drugs which should be initiated in secondary care by the specialist with follow-on prescription and monitoring according to a drug specific Shared Care Protocol(SCP). Prescribing may be continued in primary care following the SCP
Require specialist knowledge and/or equipment for patient selection and initiation
Require short or medium term (eg. 3 to 6 months) specialist monitoring of efficacy or toxicity. The need for stabilisation will vary with different drugs and patients, but is usually a minimum of 2 months (see principles for shared care)
Require significant long term monitoring
Require ongoing communication between the GP and the specialist
Have clearly defined consultant, GP and patient responsibilities documented in a shared care protocol (see responsibilities for amber protocol drugs)  

Amber Initiation

Drugs suitable for primary care prescribing following specialist initiation
Require specialist knowledge and/or equipment for patient selection
Monitoring does not require specialist knowledge or equipment
If the drug is one with which the primary care prescriber is unfamiliar the specialist is expected to provide sufficient information on the drug indication, dose, duration , monitoring and any further necessary dose adjustments
Require the first prescription to be written by the specialist  

Amber Recommended

Drugs suitable for primary care prescribing following specialist recommendation
As for amber initiation except that:- The first prescription may be written by the GP after specialist recommendation.  


Drugs for which primary care prescribers would normally take full responsibility for prescribing and monitoring
Drugs not included in the Traffic Light list but included on joint formulary.
New drugs classified as red or amber but as greater experience regarding their safety and efficacy is established may move to Green after re-consideration by the MVG and APC.