Unlicensed Liquid Medicines for Children – use of non-standard strengths

Analysis of prescribing of unlicensed liquid medicines for children across NECS-linked CCGs in the North of England has revealed considerable use of ‘non-standard‘ strengths – i.e. strengths other than those recommended by the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (RCPCH) and the Neonatal & Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG). The table below lists the ten unlicensed liquid medicines most Continue Reading »

Standardised Strengths of Unlicensed Liquid Medicines for Children – RCPCH & NPPG Joint Position Statement

The Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (RCPCH) and the Neonatal & Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG) have published a joint position statement on Using standardised strengths of unlicensed liquid medicines in children. The joint statement strongly recommends that when children require unlicensed liquid medications, they should receive the RCPCH and NPPG recommended strength, where one exists. The Continue Reading »

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 »