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.

Supply Issues in Primary Care – Update June 2019

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) Medicines Supply team have published the latest supply issues update for primary & secondary care.. The update provides information on new, ongoing and resolved supply issues as well as forthcoming discontinuations – with details of mitigating action taken by manufacturers, regulators & the DHSC, plus signposting to advice on alternatives. Registered users can Continue Reading »

Northern England Clinical Network NOAC Alert Cards – Supplies

Northern England Clinical Network (NECN) Non-Vitamin K Oral Anticoagulant medicines (NOAC) Alert Cards In 2015, NECN Cardiac Rhythm Management subgroup – supported by the Stroke Advisory Group, Haematology Group, Pharmacy Group, Primary Care Group, Thrombosis Group, acute care physicians and patient representation groups – launched a NOAC Alert Card. An initial supply was sent to all NHS Trust Continue Reading »

Diamorphine 5mg injection – shortage memo

The DHSC Supply Team have notified the NHS that manufacturers will not be able to supply diamorphine 5mg injection in the the UK from w/c 27/05/19 until early August. The NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service have published a memo with advice on alternatives.