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Department of Health issues use of antiviral medicines letter

The Department of Health (DH) has issued a letter advising that GPs and other prescribers working in primary care in England may now prescribe at NHS expense antiviral medicines for the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza, in accordance with NICE guidance.

Community pharmacy contractors who receive NHS prescriptions – written generically or by brand –  for oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza), the antivirals included in the SLS list, are therefore reminded that prescriptions for these products must be endorsed “SLS”.  If the endorsement is missing, the prescription should not be dispensed and will not be passed for payment by NHS Prescription Services. Pharmacy staff cannot make the SLS endorsement themselves. More ....