Department of Health written question – answered on 28th January 2015.

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Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Labour, Halton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides to GPs about the prescription of anti-depressants and the need to reduce the risk of overdose.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Advice on the prescribing of anti-depressants is available in the British National Formulary, which is made available free of charge to National Health Service prescribers. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published the following clinical guidelines, relevant to the prescribing of anti-depressant medication:

- Self-harm: the short-term physical and psychological management and secondary prevention of self-harm in primary and secondary care (CG16, 2004)

- Depression in adults: treatment and management (CG90, 2009). An update of this clinical guideline is scheduled in NICE’s work programme for publication in 2017

- Depression in adults with a chronic physical health problem: treatment and management (CG91, 2009)

- Generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder in adults: management in primary, secondary and community care (CG113, 2011)

- Common mental health disorders: identification and pathways to care (CG123, 2011)

- Self-harm: longer term management (CG133, 2011)

- Social anxiety disorder: recognition, assessment and treatment (CG159, 2013)

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