Welcome to the Coventry & Warwickshire Area Prescribing Committee website. This site is the repository of all published APC documents. These are easily accessed using the links found on the left under "Quick Links", on the "Documents" tab above or through the links below and the A-Z glossary.
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Documents to be found on the APC include:
Urgent Bulletins – Urgent messages to the prescribing community
Safety Alert Notices - APC safety alerts, such as relating to NPSA safety notices, published in response to local or national issues
Drug Positioning Statements – Recommendations relating to the prescribing of specific drugs across the health economy
Drug Comparison Charts - These are resources used by the APC to develop recommendations when more than one drug is available in a certain class
Interim Positioning Statements - Statements regarding new drugs, or new licensed indications for established drugs, for which health economy-wide positioning is regarded as urgent before national guidance is issued
Resource Documents - A list of documents which may, or may not, have APC approval but which are regarded as essential support to prescribers with prescribing decision making relevant to interface drugs. This section contains useful documents such as expiry date guidance for medicines used in the care homes sector and guidance regarding the prescribing of melatonin
Guidelines - Specific local prescribing guidelines including; Community Antibiotic Prescribing guidance, the Local Blacklist Drugs and the Coventry & Warwickshire Joint Formulary
Specialist Drugs List – Specialist initiated drugs, those that have significant pharmacological complexity and/or rarity of use to make the prescribing of the medicine relatively uncommon in the community, grouped into Specialist Initiated, Shared Care and Specialist Only categories
Shared Care Agreements – Agreements for use when shared care specialist drugs are requested for ongoing prescription in primary care
Specialist Initiated Drug Checklists - These documents relate to certain specialist initiated drugs which require careful patient selection in line with NICE guidance and must be provided to primary care prescribers who will continue prescribing
Key Documents - Includes the APC Mission Statement, Terms of Reference, Meeting Schedule and Current Membership List
Meeting Minutes - APC meeting minutes which will be available on this site soon after the following meeting at which the minutes are ratified for publication
- Please access the NICE website for NICE guidance referenced in APC publications
MHRA Drug Safety Alerts
- The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency issues regular monthly bulletins with important prescribing updates relating to safety. Please access these here.