The National Pharmacy Association has produced a factsheet which offers members guidance on which medicines should be prescribed by brand, rather than generically.
The factsheet includes information on:
- Where to check if a drug is recommended to be prescribed by brand
- Which medicines should be prescribed by brand including: - drugs with a narrow therapeutic index, modified release preparations, bio-similar medicines as well as other categories of medicines
- Reimbursement for spacers and catheters
Leyla Hannbeck, Head of Pharmacy at the National Pharmacy Association said:
“It is usually recommended that medicines are prescribed by their generic name but there are exceptions to this which mean the drug needs to be prescribed and dispensed by the brand. We are delighted to provide NPA members with a factsheet which will help them feel confident in dealing with prescriptions by brand or generically. The Pharmacy Services Department has already received many requests for the factsheet, including from hospital pharmacies and healthcare professionals in other countries such as Australia!”
The factsheet is only available to NPA members.
Members can download the factsheet by visiting www.npa.co.uk or by contacting NPA’s Pharmacy Services on 01727 891 800 / 08447 364 firstname.lastname@example.org