Category Archives: Memos and Alerts

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 Continue Reading »

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 Continue Reading »

Diamorphine 5mg injection – shortage memo

The DHSC Supply Team have notified the NHS that manufacturers will not be able to supply diamorphine 5mg injection in the the UK from w/c 27/05/19 until early August. The NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service have published a memo with advice on alternatives.

Valproate – NICE guidance summary

NICE have published a summary of guidance and safety advice on use of valproate in children, young people and adults – including updated recommendations on prescribing for women or girls with childbearing potential: Do not prescribe valproate for any condition, unless there is no other effective or tolerated treatment available, and only if the terms of the pregnancy Continue Reading »