CD newsletter

NECS supports the NHS England Area Team Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer in ensuring the safe management and use of controlled drugs within the North East & Cumbria region.  Based on the commonly reported incidents and the lessons learned, we aim to share good practice across the region.

Learning from Incidents Newsletters

August 2017

  • Reporting incidents
  • Post-dated CD prescriptions dispensed too early
  • Patients with protected addresses
  • Midazolam injection for palliative care
  • What can happen when things go wrong when prescribing for chronic pain

April 2017

  • Reporting of illicit drug reactions RIDR
  • Diversion of prescription medicines

February 2017

  • Destruction of Controlled Drugs
  • Examples of suppliers of CD denaturing kits
  • CD balance checks during external stocktaking
  • Licensed equivalents for special order CDs

 November 2016

  • Prescribing and supply of controlled drugs
  • Advice to Community Pharmacies re the delivery of medicine
  • Advice for practices re the security of controlled drug prescriptions
  • NICE Guideline NG46: The safe use and management of controlled drugs

July 2016

  • Prescribing for temporary residents
  • CD incidents reported on SIRMS January – March 2016
  • Common prescribing and dispensing incidents

February 2016

  • Medicines for palliative care
  • What to do with unused medicines when a patient dies

October 2015

  • Prescription security
    • Security issues for prescribers
    • Security issues for practices
    • What do the prescription codes mean?
  • Forged prescriptions: community pharmacies
    • What to do if you come across a forged prescription

 July 2015

  • Balance discrepancies
  • Spillages
  • Common reasons for methadone discrepancies
  • Reporting a balance discrepancy