The importance of prescribing biologics by brand
Clexane is classified as a biological medicine (or ‘biologic’).
- Guidance from the HPRA recommends that any biological medicine prescribed, dispensed or sold should be clearly identifiable by brand name or as appropriate INN accompanied by the name of the marketing authorisation holder.
- This facilitates traceability and also ensures that substitution of biosimilar medicines does not inadvertently occur when the medicine is dispensed by the pharmacist.
- Currently there is limited guidance on how to manage non-branded prescriptions for biological medicines in the community.
To review guidance from the relevant bodies concerning the prescription of biologics, please visit the links below: