Category Archives: Hartlepool & Stockton-on-Tees

Out of Stock List December 2015

The following items are currently unavailable, hard to obtain or going short in the market. It is not an exhaustive list, and some pharmacies will have more trouble than others obtaining certain items. Items new to the list in bold Thanks to Manchester LPC for this information  Item Status More Information Duac gel (25g and 50g) This has Continue Reading »

New NICE Guidance on Type 2 Diabetes

A new NICE guideline ‘Type 2 diabetes in adults: management’ is now available. It covers the care and management of type 2 diabetes in adults (aged 18 and over) focusing on patient education, dietary advice, managing cardiovascular risk, managing blood glucose levels, and identifying and managing long-term complications.


Controlled Drugs: Learning from Incidents October 2015

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.

Included in this newsletter:

  • 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

Use of Abasaglar (Biosimilar Insulin Glargine)

The patent for Lantus® (Insulin glargine) has expired and a biosimilar preparation called Abasaglar®, which has a lower cost, has been launched. It has yet to be considered in the Local medicines decision making process, guidance for use with defined patient criteria is pending.