NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Medicines Update

Addition of silver dressings to Wound Formulary

Antimicrobial dressings should only be used when infection is suspected as a result of clinical signs or symptoms (see The Healthcare Improvement Scotland health technology assessment on antimicrobial wound dressings (December 2015)).

Aquacel® Ag+ Extra and Aquacel® Ag+ Ribbon have been added to the Primary Care Wound Formulary (see NHSGGC Medicines website, here).

Important - prescribe as:

Aquacel® Ag+ Extra

Aquacel® Ag+ Ribbon

+’ must be specified - this denotes the dressing contains surfactant in addition to the silver ions and its presence enhances the antimicrobial and debriding effect of the dressing.

Please note: Other Aquacel® products are available, however, Aquacel®, Aquacel® Ag Extra and Aquacel® Ag Ribbon are NON FORMULARY.


Published 15/03/19. Medicines Update blogs are correct at the time of publication.

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