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GPs advised how to authorise supply of swine flu antivirals

GPs have been advised how best to authorise the supply of antiviralsfrom collection points in a joint letter from the Royal College ofGeneral Practitioners, the British Medical Association’s GeneralPractitioners Committee and the Department of Health

GPs have been advised how best to authorise the supply of antivirals from collection points in a joint letter (PDF, 140K) from the Royal College of General Practitioners, the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee and the Department of Health.

Representatives from the three organisations met recently to discuss how supply of antivirals for swine influenza could be authorised safely. They agreed that vouchers should be used for all children under 13 years of age, since they provide decision support on dosage in relation to weight and age and will help antiviral collection point staff, who may not be pharmacists, clearly identify which product to supply.

For patients aged 13 years and above, GPs are advised to use the blank, right-hand side of the normal FP10 prescription form to authorise supply (unless GPs are not at their practice premises, in which case they should use the voucher).

The form should be generated as if the GP were issuing a private prescription and it should be endorsed with the letters “ACP” (to distinguish it from a private prescription).

The letter discourages GPs from issuing private prescriptions for flu antivirals. GPs are also reminded that the name of the person ordering the antiviral needs to be included on the voucher, which should be dated and signed, or stamped with an up-to-date stamp with the practice’s address details.

Prescribers do not have to enter the primary care trust name or their practitioner personal identification number, even though the form may request this, the letter states.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10976531

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