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 Formulary Chapter 8: Malignant disease and immunosuppression - Full Chapter
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08.01.05  Expand sub section  Dacarbazine and Temozolomide to top
08.01.05  Expand sub section  Erlotinib
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Cytotoxic Drug Carboplatin
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Cytotoxic Drug Cisplatin
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Cytotoxic Drug Oxaliplatin
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  • Approved for Dukes C colon cancer in combination with 5-fluorouracil
    and folinic acid in line with NICE.
  • Approved for advanced and metastatic colorectal cancer in line with NICE.
Link  NICE TA100: Capecitabine and oxaliplatin in the adjuvant treatment of stage III (Dukes’ C) colon cancer
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08.01.05  Expand sub section  Procarbazine to top
08.01.05  Expand sub section  Protein kinase inhibitors
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08.01.05  Expand sub section  Topoisomerase I inhibitors
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08.01.05  Expand sub section  Tretinoin
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Traffic Light Status Information

Status Description


Drugs for hospital use only. The responsibility for initiation and monitoring treatment should rest with an appropriate hospital clinician and the drug should be supplied through the hospital throughout the duration of treatment. In some very exceptional circumstances (e.g. due to distance from the hospital, storage, supply or mobility/transport problems) it may be appropriate for the GP to be asked to prescribe a Red drug. This should be negotiated on an individual patient basis and should only be done with the GPís prior informed agreement where the roles of the GP and hospital services are clearly defined and agreed. The GP should not feel under pressure to prescribe in these circumstances. For all RED drugs automatically added to the formulary in response to a positive NICE TA: Prescribers need to ensure that local Trust new drug governance procedures and pharmacy processes are followed before any prescribing.  


Drugs initiated by hospital specialist, but where continuing treatment by GPs may be appropriate under a shared care arrangement. The specialist should send the GP a copy of the shared care agreement to sign. The GP should sign the shared care agreement, or indicate they do not want to be part of such an agreement, and return a copy back to the specialist. Shared care guidelines are available or are being developed for most of the drugs listed as Amber. If no shared care guideline is available, the hospital specialist should provide the patientís GP with sufficient information and support to allow treatment to be continued and managed safely in primary care.  

Green plus

Drugs normally recommended or initiated by a specialist (hospital or GP with an extended role, but can be safely maintained in primary care with very little or no monitoring required. In some cases there may be a further restriction for use outlined - these will be defined in each case. Provision of additional information, or an information leaflet, may be appropriate in some cases to facilitate continuing treatment by GPs.  


Drugs where prescribing by GPs is appropriate. Can be initiated and prescribed in all care settings, and if appropriate, discontinued without recourse to secondary care.  


NOT APPROVED: Drugs that have been considered by NTAG or the NENC ICB Medicines Subcommittee (or other approved body) and are not approved for prescribing within the North East and North Cumbria.   


UNDER REVIEW: drugs whose current formulary status or RAG status is currently under review.  

Not Recomended

NOT REVIEWED: Drugs that haven not been reviewed yet. This usually means that an application is in progress. These drugs are not normally considered appropriate for prescribing in the North East and North Cumbria until such time that a decision is taken on their formulary status.