It is essential that community mental health teams and wards communicate with Leverndale pharmacy as soon as they become aware of a clozapine patient’s holiday plans.
Early communication allows appropriate planning to be undertaken to ensure the necessary blood monitoring and dispensing takes place to cover the patient’s holiday period.
In the majority of cases patients will take a holiday of up to 14 days. This can usually be accommodated with appropriate adjustment of the blood sampling to allow dispensing of an adequate supply.
In the event of an off-label supply being required, the 3 clozapine manufacturers have different off–label procedures so the clozapine monitoring service that the patient is registered with should be contacted to confirm what process and documentation is required.