It is all go – the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Pharmacist have issued the Central Alerting System saying that surveillance data indicates an increase in the number of influenza cases in the community so GPs and other prescribers in primary care can now start prescribing anti-virals at NHS expense.
OK – I didn’t think that PHE data actually identifies cases of influenza rather than ‘influenza like illness’, and it is only reported through GPs, but I won’t worry about that. I go to the PHE guidance and well – “GPs may only prescribe antiviral medicines for the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza at NHS expense when the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has confirmed that influenza is circulating in the community. The CMO announcement is issued to the NHS through the DH Central Alerting System (CAS)”.
Hang on a minute – what about the community pharmacist?
So every poster…
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