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04.07.01  Expand sub section  Non-opioid analgesics and compound analgesic preparations
04.07.01  Expand sub section  Compound analgesic preparations
Aspirin
(tablets, dispersible tablets)
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Green

Mild to moderate pain

NHS England low value medication

A prescription for the treatment of minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and mild fever should not routinely be offered in primary care as the condition is appropriate for self-care. (e.g aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain).

 
   
Paracetamol
(tablets, soluble tablets)
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Green

Mild to moderate pain

NHS England low value medication

A prescription for the treatment of minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and mild fever should not routinely be offered in primary care as the condition is appropriate for self-care. (e.g aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain).

 
   
Paracetamol and codeine (Co-codamol 30/500)
(tablets, capsules)
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Green

Severe pain.  Most cost effective brand in primary care is Zapain

 
   
Paracetamol and codeine (Co-codamol 8/500)
(tablets, effervescent/dispersible tablets)
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Green

Mild to moderate pain

NHS England low value medication

A prescription for the treatment of minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and mild fever should not routinely be offered in primary care as the condition is appropriate for self-care. (e.g aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain).

 
   
Paracetamol and dihydrocodeine
(Co-dydramol tablets)
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Green

Mild to moderate pain

NHS England low value medication

A prescription for the treatment of minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and mild fever should not routinely be offered in primary care as the condition is appropriate for self-care. (e.g aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain).

 
   
Paracetamol IV (Perfalgan)
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Red
 
   
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 Non Formulary Items
Aspirin  (Caprin®)

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Non Formulary
 
Aspirin  (Nu-Seals® Aspirin)

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Non Formulary
 
Aspirin and codeine  (Co-codaprin)

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Non Formulary
 
Co-proxamol

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Non Formulary
 
Nefopam

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Non Formulary
 
Paracetamol  (Panadol OA®)

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Non Formulary
 
Paracetamol and dihydrocodeine  (Remedeine)

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Non Formulary
 
  
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Restricted Drug
Restricted Drug
Unlicensed Drug
Unlicensed
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SMC
Scottish Medicines Consortium
Cytotoxic Drug
Cytotoxic Drug
CD
Controlled Drug
High Cost Medicine
High Cost Medicine
Cancer Drugs Fund
Cancer Drugs Fund
NHSE
NHS England
Homecare
Homecare
CCG
CCG

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Status Description

Green

Primary and Secondary Care (unrestricted) may be prescribed by GPs, hospital doctors or other qualified prescribers in primary and secondary care  

Amber Initiation

Amber Initiated: first prescription from specialist, on going supplies from primary care (or when stabilised on therapy).  

Amber Recommended

Amber recommended: first prescription may be supplied by primary care under the advice of a specialist.  

Amber with Shared Care

For initiation within a specialist service followed by ongoing prescribing in primary care according to published shared care guidance  

Red

For initiation and ongoing prescribing in secondary care only. Medicines in this category may be further restricted to use by specific hospital departments only.  

Blue

For prescribing in primary care only  

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