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:
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
All bisphosphonates are associated with a risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). Therefore before prescribing oral bisphosphonates, we remind you to tell patients to maintain good oral hygiene, attend routine dental check-ups and immediately report any oral symptoms such as dental mobility, pain, or swelling to a doctor and dentist.
We have become aware that some practices were either not using the County Durham and Darlington DVT Pathway, or were using an incorrect version and this had led to a serious untoward incident. As a result we have taken the opportunity to review the Pathway and to re-launch it so everyone is now using the correct version.