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

Important: Update re Enoxaparin

Key points:

  • NHSGGC is switching to Enoxaparin Becat® as enoxaparin preparation of choice for pre-filled syringes 20mg, 40mg, 60mg, 80mg and 100mg.
  • Enoxaparin Becat® is a biosimilar medicine and is considered clinically equivalent to Clexane® and Inhixa®. 
  • In Acute, enoxaparin should be prescribed generically in order to avoid missed doses if the brand prescribed is not available.
  • In Primary Care, enoxaparin should be prescribed by brand name.  Hospital pharmacy teams will provide dispensing information regarding brand at discharge.
  • Activation of the safety device for Enoxaparin Becat® is different to Clexane® and similar to Inhixa®.  After administration of Enoxaparin Becat®, the user must apply additional pressure to the plunger to activate the needle guard until an audible click is heard.
  • A detailed Enoxaparin Becat user's guide is available on the manufacturer’s website.

A memo (link only available via StaffNet) containing lots of important information regarding prescribing, administration and arrangements for discharge / outpatients has been emailed to HCPs across GGC. 

Posters and detailed user guides for staff and patients are available from hospital pharmacy departments to support this change in practice.   

 

Published 20/06/18