The States maintains a 'White List' of medicines (drugs) and medical appliances. They are available to residents of Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Jethou on prescription following payment of the prescription charge (currently £4.00 per item), unless that resident is exempt from prescription charges.
Please note that there are also some specialist medicines (drugs) and medical products not on the list, which are approved for use in the hospital either for inpatients or for some outpatients e.g. people receiving chemotherapy.
Funding for medicines in the hospital and in the community has been agreed by the States of Guernsey on the advice of a group of local doctors and pharmacists in the Prescribing and Formulary Panel. Please click on the headings below for further information. The medicines and drugs that are currently approved for funding in the community can be viewed on the White List in the downloads section of this page.
If you would like more information about the White List and how medicines and appliances are added or removed from it, please see the Terms of Reference of the Prescribing and Formulary Panel in the downloads section of this page or contact Geraldine O'Riordan, Prescribing Advisor, tel: 01481 732460.
How do I get medicines or appliances that are on the White List?
- Doctors, dentists and approved nurse prescribers may prescribe approved medicines or appliances (e.g. catheters). If you have a medical condition that requires treatment you should seek professional advice. Your doctor, dentist or nurse will agree with you the most appropriate treatment for you. This may include a prescription.
- Some medicines may only be dispensed by the hospital pharmacy. Prescriptions for all other medicines may be dispensed at any of the local pharmacies.
Are all medicines and appliances available?
- The Bailiwick of Guernsey is not part of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. Consequently not all drugs with positive NICE Technology Appraisals are available at public expense.
- Sometimes a medical professional will advise that the most appropriate treatment for you is a medicine or appliance that is not on the White List. In these unusual cases, a private prescription will still be issued to you. This will mean that you can collect the item from a local pharmacy, but you will need to pay the full price of the medicine or appliance that has been prescribed.
Why is there a White List?
- Public funds are limited, so it is very important that the best possible use is made of them. The White List is the limited prescribing list that exists under the Health Service (Benefit) (Limited Lists) Ordinance, 2004. It sets out the list of medicines and medical appliances that the States of Guernsey has approved for funding with public money.
Prescription charge exemptions
- You should not need to pay for your prescription if you are:
- Pension age.
- Claiming Income Support or the dependant of someone who is.
- Covered by the Medical Expenses Assistance Scheme or the dependant of someone who is.
- Receiving Severe Disability Benefit
- You have a certificate, issued by Social Security, that shows you are exempt from the charge.
Prescribing and Formulary Panel meeting minutes
- The Prescribing and Formulary Panel meet on a monthly basis to discuss what medicines and appliances are added or removed from the White List. The minutes of these meetings, from June 2019 onwards, are listed below.
- This section contains Pharmaceutical Service circulars that have been issued to our doctors and pharmacists with important information on updates and changes.
- Submission dates for 2019 [200kb]
- Reminder Prescribing Lidocaine Plasters [208kb]
- Changes of submission dates for 2019 [204kb]
- Prescribing of Sodium Fluoride Toothpaste [207kb]
- Prescribing list changes [201kb]
- Free of Charge Items [205kb]
- Melatonin Prescribing for Pharmacists [212kb]
- Melatonin Prescribing for Doctors [209kb]
If you would like more information about the White List and how medicines and appliances are added or removed from it, please contact Geraldine O'Riordan, Prescribing Advisor tel: 01481 732460