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April 2018 Price Concessions/NCSO – 2nd update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Aripiprazole 10mg tablets 28 £3.05 Bicalutamide 150mg tablets 28 £16.94 Co-codamol 30mg/500mg capsules 100 £4.50 Glimepiride 1mg tablets 30 £2.22 Irbesartan 150mg tablets 28 £5.12 Irbesartan 75mg tablets 28 £2.40 Mirtazapine 15mg orodispersible tablets...

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Health & Care Review

Keeping up with all the latest developments in health and care policy could almost be a full time job and PSNC regularly receives questions from LPCs and pharmacy contractors about what is going on in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy. To help answer some of these questions and to help contractors and...

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Valproate licence change: important information for pharmacy teams

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has changed the licence for valproate medicines (Epilim, Depakote and generic brands) so it must no longer be prescribed to women or girls of childbearing potential unless they are on the Pregnancy Prevention Programme (PPP). This is because valproate is associated with a significant risk of birth...

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South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee

The South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee (SWYAPC) coordinates issues of prescribing across the member organisations listed below. It pulls together guidelines that are produced to provide seamless care.


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.