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Traffic Light Classification

Recent Traffic Light Classifications are determined by the Derbyshire Joint Area Prescribing Committee (JAPC). It's purpose is to manage the entry of new medicines and some prescribable medical devices into local formulary. A copy of the Derbyshire JAPC traffic light classification criteria can be found here.

Medicines not included in the traffic lights

It is not possible to classify all medicines listed in the BNF within the Derbyshire JAPC traffic light formulary. If a medicine is not listed on the traffic light system then advice should be sought from the Medicines Management Team and prescribing of these will be at the discretion of individual NHS Trusts and/or GP.

Drugs not listed in the BNF

For example herbal medicines and homeopathy

Out of area prescribing requests

The Derbyshire JAPC recognises formulary differences between Derbyshire CCGs and other commissioning organisations.  To guide prescribers an 'out of area' guidance has been produced to help deal with these types of requests.

Drugs not yet classified 

The traffic light database contains new drug launches and new formulations which Derbyshire JAPC does not consider appropriate for inclusion into the local formulary. These are medicines awaiting national or local evidence submissions.

 

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Not routinely* recommended or commissioned.  These drugs are usually classified by the BNF as 'less suitable for prescribing', and includes anti-malarials.

*unless agreed through the individual funding request route or on treatment prior to JAPC decision

JAPC does not recommend for use except in exceptional circumstances. Seek advice from your prescribing adviser and record your reasons for prescribing.

Prescribing responsibility lies with a hospital consultant or a specialist. High Cost drugs excluded from tariff that are locally commissioned are only prescribed in secondary/tertiary care settings.

Initiated within a hospital/specialist setting but suitable for shared care with GP under a shared care agreement.

Regarded as suitable for primary care prescribing

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