Category Archives: Prescribing Newsletter

Unblocking EPS2

Are you struggling to send some prescriptions by EPS2? The NHS Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (dm+d) is the standard for transferring medicine and medical device information between clinical systems and is required for all EPS2 prescribing. Some entries in the prescribing databases used by GP clinical systems cannot be directly matched to a unique dm+d code – 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 »