I was recently prescribed Fostair 100/6 by the hospital respiratory clinic. I was told to get the repeat prescription from my GP, but they say it is blacklisted and they cannot prescribe it. They are going to contact the clinic to discuss it. It all seems a bit odd to me, has anyone else experience this?
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Thats rubbish fostair in various forms has had loads of hype from the manufacturer and the reps pushing it.... loads of people have been switched from other inhalers to fostair
I'm also on fostair but the nexthaler 200 (powder one) it's definitely not blacklisted and it was my gp who prescribed it
Thanks for your reply. It did seem really odd to me that my GP thinks she can't prescribe it. I'm hoping she has got wrong and will sort it out soon. Thankyou.
There can be issues if a medication isn't on your local CCG's list of things permitted to be prescribed by GPs for particular conditions. Google 'joint formulary' and the name of your local trust. This doesn't mean that it is 'blacklisted' or that it cannot be prescribed, but it can mean that the GP has to override CCG guidance and justify the decision which takes time, effort and inclination to do so on their part. Also there are particular rules about when GPs are allowed to take on prescribing for certain meds. I believe that there are national rules but they can vary slightly at a local level also.
Could it be something like this? GPs do get this wrong sometimes as well if it is a drug they are not very familiar with!
Hopefully the respiratory clinic can clear up any misinterpretation or misunderstanding...
I'm on fostair I get mine every month from my GP they have not said it was black list or taken me of the fostair and when I was in hospital last year they made sure I was using mine, seems weird why your GP would come out with that
A GP can refuse to accept the responsibility of prescribing a consultant recommended medicine where it's a specialist area and treatment, such as cancer therapy or biologics. But Fostair doesn't fall into that category, in that it doesn't require initial consultant approval and the GP is refusing to accept responsibility for prescribing in a field where they have limited experience.
Fostair is also detailed on prescribing charts for the treatment of asthma - you may have noticed these pictorial charts in the room used by your asthma nurse. In fact it was my asthma nurse who recommended Fostair for me.
You could ask whether your GP has received prescription advice from your consultant and what their response was in light of their refusal to prescribe Fostair. What they can't do is ignore the consultant, at the very least they have to tell the consultant that they refuse to prescribe Fostair. Then telephone your consultant.
I hope you get this resolved!
Thankyou for your reply. It wasn't that the GP didn't want to issue the Fostair, she was actively trying to do so but 'computer said no'. She has been chasing up the respiratory clinic to find a way to resolve the issue. Thankyou.
That's promising that your GP is being pro active. But I'm baffled by Fostair being blocked by the prescribing programme - looking at the cost against other combos in the 100/6 range, it's not stand out expensive.
It is odd, although someone replied below to suggest that it could be an interaction with one of my other mediations that prevents the doctor prescribing.
That could be it, some sort of block while you're on another medication. But I would expect a warning message to appear for the GP so that they're made aware as to why there's a problem in prescribing a new med. The mysteries of computer programmes and their inconsistencies!
Poobah -- that's a neat chart; may I ask for the link to the original?
Are they the prices for one item/ pack? If so, its another reason to be extremely thankful for the NHS.
I believe it's for a year's supply, but it depends on how many doses a patient is prescribed. I get through a Fostair Nexthaler in a 30 days, and they are £30, equates to £365 annually. As you say, we're lucky we don't pay the full cost, bearing in mind that these are UK prices. In the States inhalers can range from $250 to $350 each. Here's a link to a handy average cost list per inhaler: dontwasteabreath.com/view/i...
Just be aware that if you are on other medication of certain types you may not be able to take fostair. I have had similar problems but not because it is blacklisted but because system came up with warnings against taking it
That might explain it! I'm on a few other medications so maybe they interact with each other. Thankyou for your reply.
The patient leaflet lists a range of potential contradictions: medicines.org.uk/emc/medici...
I’m on fostair 100/6 on a repeat. Unless you are on another medication that they’re worried about it seems like it must be an error.
Also, drugs.com will let you put up to 5 meds in and check for interactions so if you’re on a lot of meds I’d recommend doing it occasionally to double check that everything is ok.
Hi I get the prescription on repeat from GP.
Hope this helps
If it is an interaction thing the system will flag a warning but it can be overridden easily. An interaction doesn’t always mean it can’t be prescribed as there are varying levels of interaction for a variety of reasons. An example of a type of an interaction where one of the drugs may need to be prescribed in a higher dose due to the other being so highly protein bound. An example of this would be smokers needing higher doses of some anti epileptics.
Are you on beta blockers? They are one that the system would really throw a pansy about if there is a beta agonist prescribed (LABA/salbutamol)
Oh okay. No I'm not on beta blockers. I take co-codamol and amitriptyline for pain and low dose sertaline. It seems there may be an interaction with the sertraline. Thankyou.
Nah, . Lowered potassium can be an issue with the amitriptylline and sertraline but not something that would prevent prescribing. Ultimately nothing that can’t be corrected witn a banana a day.
Definitely not an interaction thing.
Hmm, the plot thickens. Thankyou for your reply.
No problem. There was a memo sent to all prescribers in Feb ‘20 saying to switch people from Fostair to seretide as seretide is cheaper. It wasn’t mandatory though and the system wouldn’t block it being prescribed.
I’m wondering if it is more the individual GP who is having issues with the system. In the past I had a medication changed because the system wouldn’t allow it. The replacement done sweet FA. Saw another GP, and there was a work around to prescribe it.
There are a lot of healthcare settings changing their records providers at present so I’m putting money on a user knowledge gap.
Hi, I have been on Fostair for quite some time now and have it prescribed on a monthly basis, so not sure why your GP uses the term 'blacklisted'? 🤔
Thanks to everyone who replied. I never did get to the route of the issue but I have got a repeat prescription for the fostair inhaler now sorted out.
I hope that's just a blip. Fostair worked wonders for me. I've described it at facebook.com/aspirin2relief Basically, I was getting nightmare scenario of chest cold going quickly to pneumonia-like condition but haven't had that happen once since put onto Fostair in 2018, and I just take one puff per day mostly, in the evening.
Did have a bumpy start though, perhaps body getting used to it - airway closed and 'stuck' together once on a breezy cold day. Started with a non-stoppable coughing fit, airway then closed and I could not breathe. Twisting body got it open again .... Googled and found other people had the experience but not mentioning Fostair...
GerryT, I’ve a similar experience with Symbicort and chest infections / pneumonia. Also just kicked off with Fostair today. I had a quick look at your Facebook page. What’s the story with the Asprin / Disprin, you reckon it can help with Asthma and morning wheeze? Any idea of the mechanism here?
It's useful here and there, like if you feel slightly wheezy but not wanting to dose yourself. I simply pop the dispersible type pill onto my tongue and let it break up slowly. In some situations you definitely feel a benefit, because it's an almost-natural anti-inflammatory. People who like to operate with minimal use of meds would like it.
I picked up Fostair 100/6 today in a chemist in Northern Ireland. I’m from the south and we don’t have it for some bizarre reason. Took a blast at 2.30 and so far so good! Please let this be the one 🤞
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