Antiviral Access Services
Pharmacies may supply antivirals for the treatment of flu on NHS prescriptions, during the times when the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer have advised that seasonal influenza is circulating. Outside of that period, general practitioners are unable to prescribe antivirals under the General Medical Services regulations and alternative local commissioning arrangements need to be made.
Across West Yorkshire a number of community pharmacies are commissioned to hold a stock of antivirals and issue them in response to local outbreaks. Please see details below of the services that are commissioned at each place.
NHS Leeds commissions a service to facilitate supply of oseltamivir via PGD for pre and post exposure prophylaxis of avian influenza:
- Avian Influenza Outbreak – Leeds CP Service Specification 2023
- Avian Influenza Outbreak: Leeds SOP – December 2022
Last Updated: 5th May 2023