Injectable medicines commonly used in primary care during COVID-19

Mark Cheeseman, Professional Lead for Medicines Information, Midlands & East, Midlands and East Medicines Advice Service (East Anglia site)Published

A number of medicines are given periodically by injection to patients in primary care for a range of indications.

We have worked with OpenPrescribing to identify the most frequently prescribed medicines of this type. For the top 4, we’re then signposting to existing resources or creating our own advice on best management of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The objective of this work is to protect patients from unnecessary health care visits, to help preserve NHS capacity, and to provide management options where patients need to self-isolate or shield.

No advice in this area can provide a definitive treatment strategy and care will need to be individualised; however, where we can we have tried to be as directive as possible.  Our advice is constantly reviewed as the pandemic situation evolves; if you spot anything that’s wrong report a concern to us.

Advice on individual medicines can be found as below:

Depot anti-psychotic injections

Read our summarised advice

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

Read our summarised advice

Testosterone injection

Read our summarised advice

Vitamin B12 injection

Read our summarised advice