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Keeping you updated

March 2022

Update from Non Medical Prescribing team

Wound management: Discontinuation of  AQUACEL® Ag and AQUACEL® Ag Extra™ dressings and replacement with Aquacel Ag +

In theory no action should be required since previous notification of this has been sent out. However we do continue to note prescribing activity with old non formulary dressing titles prescribed.

 Wound Formulary

Prescribing implications (apart from loss of rebates)

  • “Ordinary” Aquacel flat dressings (not ribbon) are discontinued and Aquacel Extra is the only one available. This information has previously been circulated and should be widely known. We do see this starting to be reflected in prism data.
  • Aquacel Ag as noted is being discontinued and the only range will be formulary Aquacel Ag+ Extra.
  • Over this year as transition takes place clinicians should try not to inadvertently miss out the all-important “+” sign for silver products!  If not prescribed accurately (attached) this could result in the pharmacists contacting NMP to inform them the product has been discontinued and asking for an alternative. This will may cause confusion and risk delays in patients commencing treatment.
  • FYI the “extra” part accounts for greater absorbency potential and sequestering proteases – whereas the  “+” sign for Ag range denotes surfactant has been included.

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Prescribing Support

In each of the localities within Glasgow City HSCP, there are support groups available to community nurses who hold the V100, V150 or V300 prescribing qualifications.  Please see the main contact below for each location and feel free to email them to ask for dates and times of meetings you will be able to link in to for support and guidance.