Prevention of Future Death Notice – the EPS system does not highlight urgent prescriptions to pharmacies

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“The EPS system does NOT allow urgent prescriptions to be highlighted to the receiving pharmacy when sent from a GP system.”

This applies to all current pharmacy software.

Following a Coroner’s inquest in Nottingham, the Superintendent Pharmacist for Well Pharmacy has circulated a Prevention of Future Death notice  to alert prescribers to potentially serious consequences of shortcomings in the current configuration of EPS.

GPs, surgery teams, medicines management teams and others are asked to note that:

“…for urgent prescriptions a phone call is needed to alert the pharmacy team to the patient need.”