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Antivirals now prescribable on NHS

Ensure prescriber endorses SLS

January 3rd 2019

Tagged: Clinical guidance news Dispensary guidance news

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Due to increasing flu levels in the community, GPs and other prescribers working in primary care in England may now prescribe antiviral medicines for the prophylaxis and treatment of flu at NHS expense.

Prescribers may prescribe for patients in clinical at-risk groups as well as those who are at risk of severe illness and/or complications from flu if not treated, in accordance with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance and the Selected List Scheme (SLS) in Part XVIIIB of the England and Wales Drug Tariff.

FP10 NHS prescriptions, written generically or by brand, for oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza), must be endorsed SLS by the prescriber. Dispensary staff cannot make the SLS endorsement themselves.

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