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Prescribing Antivirals to Patients in Care Homes

Practices are NOT required to prescribe antivirals to patients in care homes at risk of influenza

The LMC has provided guidance regarding antivirals in care homes in the past, and we understand that some practices have again been asked by Public Health to do this. Our advice remains the same, and is backed up by a recent letter from Dr Richard Vautrey Vice-Chair of GPC. This advice is that practices should not prescribe antivirals for prophylaxis of influenza to care home patients. This is the role of Public Health England, and as such they should either prescribe the medication, or commission a service to do this.

You can view the recent letter from Dr Richard Vautrey, Vice-Chair of GPC, by clicking on the link above.