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.
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 byContinue Reading »
“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 shortcomingsContinue Reading »
The Department of Health have circulated an email alerting NHS bodies to problems with supplies of bactroban nasal ointment. GSK are unable to confirm the exact resupply date but have advised that new stock should be available by the end of first quarter of 2018. The NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service has published a brief shortages memo, which provides adviceContinue Reading »
GPs and other prescribers working in primary care may now prescribe antiviral medicines for the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza at NHS expense . See CAS Alert CEM/CMO/2017/006 for details. Routine surveillance data indicate an increase in influenza cases in the community. Antiviral medicines may now be prescribed for patents in “clinical at‐risk groups” as well as any whoContinue Reading »