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 Formulary Chapter 25: A2 - Borderline (infant feeds,gluten free) - Full Chapter

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A2.06.01  Expand sub section  Gluten-free foods

Following the national consultation on the availability of gluten-free foods on NHS prescription, the government has decided to restrict prescribing to bread and mixes only. The majority of consultation responses were in favour of this.

This means that Gluten-free foods from the following categories can no longer be prescribed on NHS prescription (or supplied via Gluten-Free Community Pharmacy LCS); biscuits, cereals, cooking aids, grains/flours and pasta.

They were added to the NHS blacklist on 4th Dec 2018.

In response to this and to align our list of products with appropriate prescribing quantities to CCGs in our area, we have approved a list of gluten-free foods for ongoing prescribing/supply via community pharmacy.

Gluten-free foods on prescription or supply via community pharmacy scheme will be limited to 8 units per patient per month from a list of fresh bread/rolls, long life bread and bread mixes as per the following list

Gluten Free Bread/Mix
(As per prescribing list)
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Limited to bread and mixes only as per list. Max 8 units per patient per month.
  • Only for those with diagnosis of coeliac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis (ACBS) 
  • Link  Gluten-free bread and mix list for prescribing
    Link  Gluten-free information for patients
    A2.06.01  Expand sub section  Bread
    A2.06.01  Expand sub section  Loaves
    A2.06.01  Expand sub section  Baguettes, buns and rolls
    A2.06.01  Expand sub section  Speciality breads to top
    A2.06.01  Expand sub section  Cookies and biscuits
    A2.06.01  Expand sub section  Crackers, crispbreads, and breadsticks
    A2.06.01  Expand sub section  Flour mixes and xanthan gu
    A2.06.01  Expand sub section  Flour mixes
    A2.06.01  Expand sub section  Xanthan gum to top
    A2.06.01  Expand sub section  Pasta
    A2.06.01  Expand sub section  Pizza bases
    A2.06.01.01  Expand sub section  Gluten and wheat-free foods
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    Traffic Light Status Information

    Status Description


    Comment : Not to be routinely commissioned (prescribed) in any care setting (primary or secondary care). This may be due to a lack of good clinical evidence, cost effectiveness, concerns over safety or due to the availability of more suitable alternatives. As such, drugs classified as Black should be considered as non-formulary.   


    Initiation : Specialist only
    Repeat Prescribing : Specialist
    Monitoring : Specialist
    Comment : Prescribing must be in line with any specific treatment criteria outlined. In exceptional circumstances a GP may be asked to prescribe the specialist must provide adequate information and support.   


    Initiation : Specialist only
    Repeat Prescribing : Primary care OR specialist
    Monitoring : Primary care OR specialist
    Comment : Monitoring according to Effective Shared Care Agreement (ESCA) for stabilised patients only. GP agreement should be requested by specialist and confirmed/declined by GP on a patient-by-patient basis.   


    Initiation/Recommendation : Specialist only
    Repeat Prescribing : Primary care
    Monitoring : Primary care
    Comment : Should be initiated or recommended by a specialist. Monitoring of either medicine or disease does not require specialist skills or equipment   


    Initiation : Primary care or specialist
    Repeat Prescribing : Primary care
    Monitoring : Primary care
    Comment : Suitable for non specialist initiation   


    Patients should be advised to purchase if approriate.