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This website is maintained by North of England Commissioning Support Medicines Optimisation Team and contains medicines information guidelines and resources to support safe, effective and good value medicines use in primary care in North East and Cumbria CCGs.

FreeStyle Libre _ Implementing NTAG Recommendations

The Northern Treatment Advisory Group (NTAG) “recommends Freestyle Libre® as an option for glucose monitoring in Type 1 diabetic patients only in the North East and Cumbria for patients who fulfil the Regional Medicines Optimisation Committee criteria.” The NTAG position statement also states that FreeStyle Libre “…….. should not be prescribed in primary care and should only be initiated and prescribed by Continue Reading »

Prevention of Future Death Notice – the EPS system does not highlight urgent prescriptions to pharmacies

  “The EPS system does NOT allow urgent prescriptions to be highlighted to the receiving pharmacy when sent from a GP system.” This applies to all current pharmacy software. Following a Coroner’s inquest in Nottingham, the Superintendent Pharmacist for Well Pharmacy has circulated a Prevention of Future Death notice  to alert prescribers to potentially serious consequences of shortcomings Continue Reading »