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.

Flu – Antiviral Prescription Authorisation Withdrawn

The Chief Medical and Pharmaceutical Officers for England have circulated the following message to Prescribers & Community Pharmacists: The most recent surveillance data from Public Health England (PHE) indicates that circulation¬† of influenza in the community has returned to baseline levels. GPs and other prescribers working in primary care should no longer prescribe antiviral medicines, for the prophylaxis Continue Reading »

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 »