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Notes for: Skin
Last edited [01/05/2024 14:02:15]

Emollient prescribing guidelines 2023

Bath emollients support document 2023

Moisture Associated Skin Damage (MASD) Pathway

Emollient pathway

Fire risk with emollients - advice to Health Care professionals


Management of skin conditions
With skin disease it is extremely important to consider patient acceptability of a product to maximise patient compliance. There is a wide range of products available and patient acceptance of individual products is very variable.
Where a consultant or GP with specialist interest asks a GP to prescribe a non-formulary agent they should check that formulary agents have been tried and not tolerated by the patient

Greasy preparations (ointments) are often preferable to creams in most circumstances because:

  • They contain fewer skin sensitisers
  • They are more hydrating (i.e. water retaining)
  • There is better penetration of active ingredients

However, patient preference or activity may necessitate a combination of ointments and creams, for example, patients may prefer to apply creams during the day and use ointments at night, or different preparations on different parts of the body.

Application technique: It is important to educate patients with the correct application technique. Ointments and creams should be applied down the direction of hair growth. They should also be smeared on and not rubbed in.

Pot Hygiene: When supplying patients with pots of emollient, it is important to educate them about the hygiene required. Patients should be advised to decant from the pot onto plate/bowl etc. using a spoon or a spatula. Hands should not be put into the pot as this will lead to the introduction of foreign particles.

In many cases generic prescribing will be difficult because products contain a combination of active ingredients. In this chapter brand names are used for products which should not be prescribed generically.

Extemporaneous preparations: A product should only be extemporaneously prepared when there is no product with a marketing authorisation available. Depending on the formulation this may be done in a pharmacy, or by a specials manufacturer, usually depending on the formulation. Where a specials manufacturer prepares the product, additional charges will be incurred. The cost can, and usually does, exceed £100 for a cream. The cost is usually the same whether 500 g or 50 g of a product is ordered. Specials all have a very short shelf life with an expiry date of a maximum of 28 days from manufacture.

A range (but not all) of specials preferred by the British Association of Dermatologists has been approved for use within Cornwall mainly for prescribing by secondary care.



 

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Crotamiton (Eurax)
10 % cream Pack of 30
£3.13PCT FORMULARY STATUS: First Line Drugs Top Local Anaesthetics & AntipruriticsView BNF Article on 'Crotamiton'View SPC on 'Crotamiton'View PIL on 'Crotamiton'
Crotamiton (Eurax)
10 % lotion Pack of 100
£3.14PCT FORMULARY STATUS: First Line Drugs Top Local Anaesthetics & AntipruriticsView BNF Article on 'Crotamiton'View SPC on 'Crotamiton'View PIL on 'Crotamiton'
Menthol in aqueous cream (Dermacool)
2 % cream (50ml) Pack of 1
£3.19PCT FORMULARY STATUS: First Line Drugs Top Local Anaesthetics & AntipruriticsView BNF Article on 'Menthol in aqueous cream'View SPC on 'Menthol in aqueous cream'View PIL on 'Menthol in aqueous cream'
Brimonidine (Mirvaso)
3 mg/g gel Pack of 30
£33.69PCT FORMULARY STATUS: Second Line Drugs [Notes:] For use only in adult patients with moderate to severe persistent facial erythema associated with rosacea. It is not indicated for symptoms of flushing and GPs may wish to consider seeking dermatology advice (eg email communication) prior to prescribing to ensure appropriate use. Its use is contraindicated in patients receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitor therapy or tricyclic or tetracyclic antidepressants Top Local Anaesthetics & AntipruriticsView BNF Article on 'Brimonidine 'View SPC on 'Brimonidine 'View PIL on 'Brimonidine '
For use only in adult patients with moderate to severe persistent facial erythema associated with rosacea. It is not indicated for symptoms of flushing and GPs may wish to consider seeking dermatology advice (eg email communication) prior to prescribing to ensure appropriate use. Its use is contraindicated in patients receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitor therapy or tricyclic or tetracyclic antidepressants
Ethyl Chloride
100 mL Spray Pack of 1
- PCT FORMULARY STATUS: Hospital Only Drugs Top Local Anaesthetics & AntipruriticsView BNF Article on 'Ethyl Chloride'View SPC on 'Ethyl Chloride'View PIL on 'Ethyl Chloride'

 
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