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.
We are evaluating the MicroGuide Antibiotics App and need your feedback on how useful you find the app and anything you would like to see changed. The survey takes a maximum of 5 minutes to complete and can be found on the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NECSMGuide
Servier will cease production and distribution of strontium ranelate at the end of August 2017. This worldwide and strategic decision has been taken for commercial reasons. This memo from London and South East Regional Medicines Information Service discusses alternative treatment options and signposts relevant NICE guidance.
The most recent surveillance data from Public Health England (PHE) indicates that circulation of influenza in the community has returned to baseline levels.
The Department of Health has issued a CAS alert stating GPs and other prescribers working in primary care should no longer prescribe antiviral medicines for the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza on an FP10 prescription form. Community pharmacists should no longer supply antiviral medicines in primary care on presentation of an FP10 prescription form.
This advice stands until the Department of Health write again to re-commence prescribing and supply of antiviral medicines in primary care.
The RightBreathe website and app has been developed by Lambeth GP, Dr Azhar Saleem, in conjunction with (amongst others) UK Medicines Information. Both the website and app have now been launched, and with details on every licensed inhaler in the UK for asthma and COPD, including links to videos and prescribing information, they provide a free-to-use, comprehensive, ‘one-stop’Continue Reading »