Category Archives: Locality

Hyoscine butylbromide injection – supply issues

Hyoscine butylbromide 20mg/1ml injection (Buscopan injection) is included in NECN Palliative Care guidelinesĀ and linked care plans as an option for pharmacological management of distressing excess secretions – and for prescription in anticipation of possible need. The Palliative Care & Pharmacy Teams at County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust have become aware of a widespread supply problem and Continue Reading »

Prevention of Future Death Notice – the EPS system does not highlight urgent prescriptions to pharmacies

  “The EPS system does NOT allow urgent prescriptions to be highlighted to the receiving pharmacy when sent from a GP system.” This applies to all current pharmacy software. Following a Coroner’s inquest in Nottingham, the Superintendent Pharmacist for Well Pharmacy has circulated a Prevention of Future Death noticeĀ  to alert prescribers to potentially serious consequences of shortcomings Continue Reading »

Model Repeat Prescribing System

Can we help you save staff time, save on your practice prescribing budget AND keep patients safer than ever?

Try out the new NECS Model Repeat Prescribing System from the Prescribing Processes workstream. This comprehensive resource is packed full of practical ideas, designed to help you and your practice develop robust, safe and efficient procedures. It brings together legislation and best practice for all aspects of repeat prescribing, while allowing for local flexibility based on the needs of your own patients and staff.

Cochrane review of long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) plus long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) versus LABA plus inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) for stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

In a Cochrane review of 11 studies, which included 9839 participants with stable chronic COPD, LAMA+LABA treatment had fewer exacerbations, a larger improvement of FEV1, a lower risk of pneumonia, and more frequent improvement in quality of life as measured by an increase over 4 units or more of the St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) compared with LABA+ICS Continue Reading »