Category Archives: Memos and Alerts

NORTHUMBRIA POLICE ALERT CIRCULATED BY THE DDT & NTW CONTROLLED DRUG TEAMS Please see alert below from Northumbria Police. There is a possibility that patients may present with signs of overdose having administered these stolen controlled drugs and if so, urgent medical treatment should be sought. In the early hours of Tuesday 20th February 2018 a large amount Continue Reading »

DDES CCG have been working with NECS MO, NECS Business Change & Benefits and NHS Digital to develop resources to support preparation for, implementation of and growth in electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD). The first tranche of support materials are now ready for use. The pack includes: a presentation, outlining background and benefits, with advice on process and practical Continue Reading »

Quinine – QT prolongation risk & interactions

Despite repeated warnings about an unfavourable balance between risks and benefits, prescribing of quinine salts in NECS stakeholder CCGs has remained remarkably constant in recent years. The MHRA have issued a reminder about the potential for quinine to effect the QT interval,  along with updated information about interactions – particularly with anticonvulsant drugs. Advice for healthcare professionals: be Continue Reading »

MHRA Warning – Watch out for look-alikes & sound-alikes

The MHRA have recently highlighted the dangers associated with medicines with look-alike or sound-alike names – including cases with fatal outcomes, in which patients received the wrong medicine due to confusion between similar names. Drugs pairs known to have been linked to errors include: Clobazam / Clonazepam; Atenolol / Amlodipine; Propranolol / Prednisolone; Risperidone / Ropinirole; Sulfadiazine / Sulfasalazine and Continue Reading »