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MHRA Drug Safety Update February 2019

Date issued 18th February 2019 A new Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Drug Safety Update (Vol 12 Issue 7¬† February 2019:1) has been published and includes articles on: Carbimazole: Increased risk of congenital malformations; strengthened advice on contraception. Carbimazole: risk of acute pancreatitis. SGLT2 inhibitiors: reports of Fournier’s gangrene (necrotising fasciitis of the...

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Class 4 MHRA Drug Alert – Atropine Sulfate 3mg/10ml Solution for injection in pre-filled syringe (Laboratoire Aguettant)

Drug Alert No: EL (19) A/05 Date Issued: 18th February 2019 The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 4 drug alert for certain batches of Atropine Sulfate 3mg/10ml Solution for Injection in pre-filled syringe (Laboratoire Aguettant) Atropine Sulfate 3mg/10ml Solution for injection in pre-filled syringe. (Laboratoire Aguettant) PL 14434/0016 Batch Number...

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PSNC agrees strategic plan for 2019/20 at latest meeting

The PSNC Committee held the first of its new-style quarterly meetings this month, and agreed its plan for 2019/20. The Committee held important discussions on the NHS Long Term Plan, Brexit contingency planning, price concessions, service updates, and of course the commitment to Primary Care Networks (PCNs) made in the GP funding deal. The Committee...

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Area Prescribing Committee - APC

South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee

The South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee (SWYAPC) coordinates issues of prescribing across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees (Greater Huddersifled and North Kirklees) and Wakefield.

The SWYAPC website (www.swyapc.org) may be a useful resource for pharmacy teams, particularly if dispensing a drug not commonly seen in primary care.  The website also hosts local prescribing guidelines, such as the local antibiotic formulary, wound management formulary and details of RAG classification identifying drugs that should not be prescribed in primary care.  There are some great resources on the website, including respiratory resources (inhaler technique videos, inhaler leaflets for patients) and a wide array of antimicrobial resources.
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Improving communication about medicines between primary and secondary care

If you have a query regarding the medicines for a patient who has been under the care of Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Please email;  medicinesinformation@nhs.net or call 0113 206 4344 / Fax 0113 206 5210

 

If your patient has been or is in the care of Leeds & York Partnership FT

Please email: Pharmacyleedspft.lypft@nhs.net  or call 0113 855 6319 / Fax 0113 855 6322

 

Medicines Information Websites

Below are a few websites commonly used in practice by medicines information services that are free to access and may be of use when dealing with enquiries within community pharmacy

Electronic Medicines Compendiumhttps://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/ - For information on the SPC of individual products

UKTIShttp://www.uktis.org/html/exposures_abc.html - information on exposure of various medicines during pregnancy.

BUMPShttp://www.medicinesinpregnancy.org/ - useful summaries for patients and their carers about various medicines used in pregnancy.

UKMi Drugs in Lactation – http://www.midlandsmedicines.nhs.uk/content.asp?section=6&subsection=17&pageIdx=1 – West Midlands Medicines Information service database on use of various medicines during breastfeeding.

LactMed – http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/newtoxnet/lactmed.htm - American resource for drugs used in breastfeeding.

Palliative Care Guidelines Plushttp://book.pallcare.info/ - information on medicines management issues commonly encountered in palliative care.

Green Book Online – https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immunisation-against-infectious-disease-the-green-book -  Information on vaccines/schedules from DoH, useful for vaccine related enquiries.

Paediatric Formulary http://www.evelinalondon.nhs.uk/our-services/hospital/pharmacy/formulary.aspx

and http://cms.ubqo.com/public/d2595446-ce3c-47ff-9dcc-63167d9f4b80

Information on any aspect of drug therapy can be obtained from the Regional Medicines Information Centre in Newcastle 0191 2824631.  This and other useful medicines information numbers can be find in the front cover of the BNF.