Category Archives: Memos and Alerts

DHSC-NHSE&I Guide to Medicines Supply & Shortages

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England & NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have published a comprehensive guide to the processes and systems in place to help manage medicines supply issues. The guide set out “… to detail the national, regional and local management and escalation processes and communication routes for medicines supply issues” and to support Continue Reading »

SPS NICE Bites – Cellulitis

The NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) have published the latest in the NICE Bites series of summary prescribing recommendations from NICE guidelines – covering antimicrobial treatment for cellulitis & erysipelas.  

EPMA Systems & Safe Discharge – HSIB Report

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) have published a report on electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems (EPMA) and safe discharge. The HSIB investigation was triggered by a reference event involving anticoagulants that met defined Outcome Impact, Systemic Risk and Learning Potential criteria. The event highlighted issues with discharge communication. The HSIB made four recommendations to NHSX relating to electronic Continue Reading »

Inhaler Switching – No Evidence of Negative Impact on Patients or Healthcare Utilisation

A self-controlled case series study led by researchers from the National Heart & Lung Institute and published in Thorax has found that “switching to an equivalent inhaler in patients with asthma or COPD appeared safe and did not negatively affect patient’s health or healthcare utilisation.” The researchers identified a cohort of 569,901 asthma and 171,231 COPD regular inhaler Continue Reading »

Managing Medicines for Adults receiving Community Social Care – Top Tips

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the Royal College of General Practitioners have collaborated to produce “Top tips for managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community” – a resource for GPs and pharmacists, part of the Involved and informed: good community medicines support  intiative to encourage better medicines support for people who are receiving social care Continue Reading »