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Clozapine and other antipsychotics: monitoring blood concentrations for toxicity

The MHRA advise healthcare professionals to monitor blood concentrations of clozapine and other antipsychotics in certain clinical situations, where testing and reference values are available. For example, in the event of symptoms suggestive of toxicity or when concomitant medicines may interact to increase antipsychotic drug levels. Further information can be found here.

Priadel brand of lithium - update on availability:

Essential Pharma have issued a legally binding commitment with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to continue to supply Priadel® tablets for a minimum of five years to the UK, thereby securing the long-term availability of this crucial medicine. Further information can be found here.

OH is reverting back to using Priadel as the first line choice of lithium and there is no longer a need to implement a system-wide switching of patients from Priadel tablets.

Patients who have recently been initiated on a different brand of lithium or who were switched from Priadel, and are being managed successfully, can continue with the brand they are prescribed. 

Depression Guideline - A fully revised and updated Depression Guideline (for adults and older adults) has been approved for use within OHFT and across primary care in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Click here for the full guideline.

Click here for the 2-page guideline summary and treatment algorithm.

Vaccine update: PHE COVID-19 vaccination programme special edition is available here.

The manufacturer's decision to discontinue Priadel (lithium carbonate tablets) has been reversed for now. There is currently no need to switch patients receiving Priadel to a different brand of lithium carbonate. For further information see the lithium section of this formulary. Updates will be posted when available. 

Priadel discontinuation - current advice from Oxford Health:

For patients currently prescribed Priadel - guidance on how to switch will be available soon. In the meantime continue to prescribe Priadel. See further advice in the Drugs & Therapeutics Group information bulletin, including information for community pharmacists about how to obtain continued supplies.

For new patients requiring treatment with lithium carbonate - do not initiate a new prescription with the Priadel brand. OH recommend initiating with either Liskonum or Camcolit brand. For more detailed advice, including some important differences, please see "How to start Liskonum or Camcolit (lithium carbonate modified release tablet)" guidance. Also linked from the lithium section of this formulary.

**Priadel to Camcolit switch guidance will be available soon**

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How to search the formulary:
You can search for individual drugs by typing the drug name into the search box on the home page. Alternatively you can search for individual drugs or sections of the formulary by clicking on the chapter link from the menu at the top. This will take you to chapter headings based on the format of the BNF. Within these chapters there are links to Oxford Health prescribing guidelines, policies, shared care protocols, NICE guidelines, and other useful documents, guidance and medicines information.

Each page of drugs has three columns:
- first column = drug name with links to the BNF, BNFc and SPC.
- second column = Oxford Health formulary status.
- third column = CCG traffic light status with additional notes and links. A key can be found at the bottom of each page.

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