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HRT Shortages - British Menopause Society Update

The British Menopause Society have published a helpful update on current availability of HRT products in the UK - including the following notes: There have been availability issues with many HRT products. Some of these are related to manufacturing shortages, while others are related to supply issues. The BMS has been reassured that these are temporary shortages which pharmaceutical companies …

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UK and international immunisation schedules - PHE comparison tool

Public Health England have published a tool with details of immunisation schedules and vaccines used in the 20 countries from which people most commonly immigrate to the UK - including information in local languages about diseases vaccinated against and vaccines used. This tool is intended to help staff in general practice to: ascertain what vaccines individuals moving to England from …

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Valproate Use in Women & Girls with Childbearing Potential - Pragmatic Guide

Experts from 13 national bodies, including seven Royal Colleges, have joined forces to publish practical guidance to support doctors and other health professionals providing care for women and girls in their reproductive years who may be prescribed valproate. The ‘pan-College’ advice is based on 2018 regulations issued by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) around the prescribing and …

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Unlicensed Liquid Medicines for Children - use of non-standard strengths

Analysis of prescribing of unlicensed liquid medicines for children across NECS-linked CCGs in the North of England has revealed considerable use of 'non-standard' strengths - i.e. strengths other than those recommended by the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (RCPCH) and the Neonatal & Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG). The table below lists the ten unlicensed liquid medicines most frequently prescribed …

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Standardised Strengths of Unlicensed Liquid Medicines for Children - RCPCH & NPPG Joint Position Statement

The Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (RCPCH) and the Neonatal & Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG) have published a joint position statement on Using standardised strengths of unlicensed liquid medicines in children. The joint statement strongly recommends that when children require unlicensed liquid medications, they should receive the RCPCH and NPPG recommended strength, where one exists. The RCPCH assert …

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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 access DHSC Medicines Supply Updates …

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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 pharmacies and …

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