COVID-19 – Professional Resources & Guidance

VACCINE RESOURCES NHS England COVID-19 Guidance – NHS England COVID-19 Specialty Guides  UK Government COVID-19 resources – NHS COVID-19 resources NICE COVID-19 resources – NHS SPS COVID-19 resources – RDTC HEE e-Learning for Health COVID-19 Courses Medicines for End of Life & Critical Care Alphabetical List – with thanks to SPS Several Professional, Academic & Representative Bodies have compiled collections of Continue Reading »

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 the NHS across the North East, North Cumbria, Humberside and parts of North & West Yorkshire.

DHSC Medicines Supply Notice – Metformin 500mg/5ml oral solution sugar free

The DHSC Medicines Supply team have circulated the following Tier 2 Medicines Supply Notification concerning metformin 500mg/5ml oral solution sugar free: MSN 2021_045 Metformin oral solution 500mg in 5ml During the last three months for which data is available, 864 patients (cf total population >4.5 million) received supplies of metformin 500mg/5ml oral solution sugar free from pharmacies dispensing Continue Reading »

Varenicline (Champix) Supply Issues – NCSCT advice

The National Centre for Smoking Cessation & Training (NCSCT) has published the following bulletin notifying smoking cessation practitioners about problems with supplies of varenicline (Champix) and signposting to advice on alternatives. Champix out of stock We’ve been informed that unfortunately Pfizer are currently facing an issue with the supply of varenicline (Champix) across all doses and presentations. Pfizer Continue Reading »

Chloramphenicol Eye Drops & Boron – RCOphth Safety Alert

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists have published a statement on the recent regulatory changes affecting use of chloramphenical eye drops for young children @ https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/2021/04/safety-alert-boron-additives-in-chloramphenicol-drops/ Boron additives in Chloramphenicol drops safety alert – Summary All prescribing decisions involve an equation of benefit versus risk. Chloramphenicol has been an effective and well-tolerated antibiotic in ophthalmological practice for nearly 70 Continue Reading »

CD Bulletin Issue 18 April 2021

April 2021 Learning from incidents Serious Incident – Oramorph Schedule 5 FP10MDA Titrating Prescriptions We’re here to support you Role of the CDLO Ask ANI Closing Pharmacies Caution – Healthcare Professionals Collecting Prescriptions