Welcome to the Medicines Optimisation website

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.

Who is eligible for the 2016 to 2017 shingles vaccine?

Public Health England have produced a quick and easy-to-read reference poster guide for patients showing the ages and dates of birth of those who are eligible for the shingles vaccination from 1 September 2016. For local downloading and printing. Who is eligible for the 2016 to 2017 shingles vaccine?

MHRA Drug Safety Update September 2016

– Levonorgestrel-containing emergency hormonal contraception: advice on interactions with hepatic enzyme inducers and contraceptive efficacy
– Posaconazole (Noxafil): tablets and oral suspension are not directly interchangeable
– Idelalisib (Zydelig▼): updated indications and advice on minimising the risk of infection
– Letters sent to healthcare professionals in August 2016

NICE Bites – Sepsis

NICE Bites summarises key prescribing points from NICE guidance. Sections covered include: assessment and referral, people most vulnerable to sepsis, face to face assessment, treatment and management, antibiotic treatment, intravenous fluids, information and support, information at discharge, training and education.