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Supply Disruption Alert – Diamorphine Hydrochloride powder for reconstitution and injection 5mg and 10mg ampoules

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply disruption alert for Diamorphine Hydrochloride Powder for Reconstitution and Injection 5mg and 10mg ampoules. There are two suppliers of diamorphine hydrochloride 5mg and 10mg in the UK, Wockhardt and Accord. Accord are out of stock of both strengths with a resupply date of...

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Supply Disruption Alert: Phenytoin (Epanutin®) 30mg/5ml Oral Suspension (Pfizer)

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply disruption alert for Phenytoin (Epanutin®) 30mg/5ml Oral Suspension (Pfizer). Pfizer have limited supplies of Phenytoin (Epanutin®) 30mg/5ml Oral Suspension and anticipate going out of stock w/c 2nd March 2020. The anticipated re-supply date is late June 2020. The Canadian brand of Phenytoin 30mg/5ml...

2 days ago

MHRA Class 4 Drug Alert – Memantine 10mg tablets (Crescent Pharma Ltd)

Drug alert number: EL (20)A/11 Date issued: 25 February 2020 The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 4 pharmacy level caution in use for: Memantine 10mg Film-Coated Tablets (Crescent Pharma Ltd) PL 20416/0260 Crescent Pharma Ltd has informed MHRA of a discrepancy on the product packaging for the batches below....

2 days ago

Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice Service

This service aims to raise awareness around the risks of alcohol.  It heps people better understand alcohol units and how alcohol might be affecting their health by providing brief advice and support to those whose drinking is assessed as being at increasing or higher risk of drinking.

Pharmacies use an opportunistic approach to assess drinking in people aged 16 years and over using an alcohol assessment tool, the AUDIT-C.

 

The alcohol IBA pathway is divided into:

 

1. Patient Engagement

A member of the pharmacy team initiates a conversation about alcohol use with patients/customers, explains the alcohol IBA service and offers the initial screen. The pharmacy will determine how to engage and promote the alcohol IBA service with patients/customers.

 

2. The Initial Screen (AUDIT-C tool)

A member of the pharmacy team provides the patient/customer with the AUDIT-C (using the scratch card [provided by the commissioner] or paper-based) offering assistance with completion of the questions. If the result is 4 or below, no action is taken. If the result is 5 or more, a full identification screen is offered.



3. The Full Identification Screen (or full AUDIT)

The IBA accredited member of staff undertakes a full identification screen using the full AUDIT tool to identify between lower risk, increasing risk, higher risk and possibly dependency.

 

4. Brief Advice

The accredited IBA pharmacist or Health Champion uses information drawn from the full identification screen to determine the action to be taken regarding brief advice.

 

 

This service is not currently commissioned in West Yorkshire.

 

 

Last Updated: 27th January 2020