The importance of prescribing biologics by brand
Clexane is classified as a biological medicine (or ‘biologic’).
- Guidelines recommends all biological medicines, including biosimilar medicines, must be prescribed by brand name [188.8.131.52.54].
- This ensures that automatic substitution of a biosimilar product does not occur when the medicine is dispensed by the pharmacist and supports ongoing pharmacovigilance of individual products .
- Currently there is limited guidance on how to manage non-branded prescriptions for biological medicines in the community.
- For pharmacists in Scotland, Community Pharmacy Scotland has issued specific guidance on enoxaparin prescription. Further information can be found by clicking on the link below.
To review guidance from the relevant bodies concerning the prescription of biologics, please visit the links below: