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Prescribing newsletter April 2015

  • Antibiotic prescribing guidelines on your smartphone/tablet: new MicroGuide app
  • Drugs and driving: blood concentration limits set for certain drugs
  • Oxycodone liquid prescribing – important information for EMIS practices
  • Repeat dispensing – changes to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework
  • Public Health England vaccine update
  • Pharmacy Management National Forum: Thursday 30th April, Hilton Newcastle Gateshead
  • Drug safety updates
    • Medicines related to valproate: risk of abnormal pregnancy outcomes
    • Oral diclofenac no longer available without prescription
    • Aceclofenac now contraindicated in patients with certain established cardiovascular disease
    • Mycophenolate: risk of bronchiectasis and hypogammaglobulinaemia
    • Tiotropium
  • Reminder – different potencies of topical corticosteroids
  • Patient safety alert – risk of death from asphyxiation by accidental ingestion of fluid/ thickening powder
  • NICE update for primary care