Important: Update re Enoxaparin
- 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.