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Mitomycin-C 10mg Powder for Solution for Injection (Kyowa): Company led drug alert

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a company led drug recall, to be actioned, for certain batches of: Mitomycin-C Kyowa 10mg Powder for Solution for Injection. Date issued: 12th November 2018 CLDA number: (18) A/09 MDR number: MDR 06-11/18 Batch number: 6058517 The above batch is being recalled because an out of specification result...

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FMD webinar now on-demand

Community pharmacy contractors can now access an online recording of PSNC’s recent webinar about the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD). More than 1,000 people registered for yesterday’s webinar hosted by Alastair Buxton, PSNC’s Director of NHS Services. Alastair used the event to explain how the introduction of FMD will affect the day-to-day working of community pharmacy teams and what they...

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News Digest - 8th November 2018   



Information for Pharmacies across West Yorkshire



Bank Holiday Opening Expressions of Interest 

NHS England have emailed pharmacies seeking interest for opening on Christmas and New Year bank holiday dates.  These have been tailored to the specific CCG area needs. 

If you are interested in opening on any of the required dates, please respond to NHS England, using the form they provided with the email, by Monday 12th November 2018

If you have any queries, please contact NHS England direct at england.wyat-phes@nhs.net / telephone 011382 48039.



One-Off Messages on EPS Prescriptions 

We are aware that some community pharmacies may not always receive “one off script messages” from prescriptions sent by EPS due to computer system incompatibilities.  It may be helpful to inform your local GP practice if this is the case in your pharmacy.   The following information should assist your conversations. 

Community pharmacists do not automatically see the right-hand side of a prescription on their computer screens and can only do so by printing out a dispensing token, which is a practice that is currently being reduced in pharmacy as we move towards a paperless NHS. Varying work procedures from GP surgeries and community pharmacies means there is a risk messages could be missed. Interim advice is to add the message as a “script note” in SystmOne (it will appear below the dose directions for the medication). 

Further information from the PSNC is available at:  https://psnc.org.uk/dispensing-supply/eps/dispensing-in-eps-release-2/eps-supplementary-clinical-information/

Please note: 

  • It is strongly recommended to add a date to the message.
  • Once a message is set as a “script note” it will continue to appear on all subsequent scripts therefore it is important to add a date and also to remove the message in a timely manner.
  • Using this vehicle to communicate messages to patients should not be relied on for important or very urgent messages and other forms of communication should be considered.



Juzo Products

Juzo are made to measure lymphodema garments and prescriptions should come with an accompanying form from the nurse including specific patient measurements. 

Pharmacy contractors are reminded to check carefully that the prescription (including quantity ordered) matches what has been ordered by the nurse as we have reports that this frequently is not the case.  Juzo made to measure products have certain elements that are free, and some that are charged extra. The items that are chargeable need to be prescribed separately on the script.  Contractors should refer to the Drug Tariff Part IXA-Appliances before ordering any products.



Cannabis-Based Products 

There has been an increased interest in cannabis-based products following stories in the national press.  We thought it would be helpful to share the following documents should you need information / guidance on cannabis-based products. 

The MHRA guidance includes useful information for pharmacists involved in the supply, manufacture, importation and distribution of unlicensed cannabis-based products. It includes a supply chain checklist, which can be used as guidance by pharmacists carrying out final checks, dispensing and administering unlicensed cannabis-based products for medicinal use. The guidance also contains a flow chart for the process of prescribing, supplying and importing unlicensed cannabis-based medicinal products.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supply-unlicensed-medicinal-products-specials? 

The NHS England guidance to clinicians includes background around the legislative changes for cannabis-based products for medicinal use, prescribing, monitoring, types of products, current licensing and signposts to interim clinical guidelines in place for cannabis-based products for medicinal use.  https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/cannabis-based-products-for-medicinal-use-guidance-to-clinicians/?



Well Wharfedale Community 

Please see the flyer below regarding the Well Wharfedale workshop on Thursday 15th November 6pm-8pm.  This event is for the people of Wharfedale so please feel free to share with your patients and customers. 

Well Wharfedale Workshop Flyer 

What is Well Wharfedale?

Well Wharfedale is the Primary Care Network for the Wharfedale area.  The Well Wharfedale community leadership group meets regularly to look at the development of community networks.  Going forward Well Wharfedale is looking to secure funding to support community projects.  Martin Cant from Steeton Pharmacy is the community pharmacy representative at the Well Wharfedale meetings.



Training and Development



Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Events



Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) Events – Limited Places Remaining! 

We hope this event will help you understand the background to the legislation but will also help you to start and think about how you will be able to implement FMD in your pharmacy. We will cover what to do next and what to plan for.  We will also allow time for discussion with colleagues and to help attendees consider what actions they will need to undertake after the event. 

The events will take place on: 

  • Tuesday 20th November 2018 – Cedar Court, Bradford
  • Wednesday 21st November 2018 – Village Hotel, Leeds South 

For more information or to book a place on one of our FMD events, please see our website here: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/events.shtml#FMD.



Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire e-Learning 

As you are aware Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire is working with Virtual Outcomes to deliver a series of online training events throughout the year which are now available to all community pharmacies in West Yorkshire. 

The latest e-Learning module is on the Quality Payments Scheme!  This module is live from 1st November 2018. 

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the differences between the old Quality Payments Scheme and the new Quality Payment scheme for 18/19
  • Understand the 5 gateway criteria and the actions you need to take to meet them
  • Understand the new quality criteria and what you and the team need to do to meet them
  • Recognise what evidence you need to keep to prove you have met the criteria
  • Ensure you have all the resources you need to enable you to meet the gateway and quality criteria 

The course is split into two parts:  Part 1 – Background and Gateway Criteria and Part 2 – Quality Criteria. 

If you are interested or would like some more information, please visit our website here: http://www.cpwy.org/training-development/e-learning.shtml

Previous training topics like Pharmacy Professional Revalidation, NHS Flu Vaccination Engagement Training, Blood in Pee, Get Ready for Summer, Type 2 Diabetes and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are still available to access.



External Events 

The following external events are still open to bookings!  Please follow the links below for more information on the events and to how to book a place. 

More information on other external events can be found on our website on the links below: 



CPPE Events 

Details of other events being held by CPPE in the West Yorkshire area are on our website, click here.



Other Information



PSNC Communications 

Sign up to the PSNC Mailing List to ensure you receive the weekly newsletters, alerts and updates here: http://psnc.org.uk/latest-news/email-sign-up/.



CPWY Connect 

A new group, CPWY Connect, has been set up on the social media site Telegram with the aim of connecting pharmacy teams across West Yorkshire and we’d love you to join.   Just follow the link below to join and you will be directed to download the app.  https://t.me/joinchat/EhzBmw4XmrS1d8OD_0WLFQ

CPWY Connect provides a quick and easy way for you to communicate with committee members and colleagues across our region and develop a peer support network.  Working in community pharmacy can sometimes feel a little isolating and we think it is important for us all to forge stronger links to make the pharmacy network in West Yorkshire a strong and supportive one.




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