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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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Directed Public Health Campaigns 2019/20

As part of the NHS Pharmaceutical Terms of Service, contractors are directed to participate in at least 6 National health campaigns each year. 

NHS England have agreed with PSNC 6 National Public Health Campaigns that are directed for the year 2019-2020. They have designed a Public Health Campaign Calendar to help with your plans and preparations for the forthcoming campaigns. The calendar can be found below: 

Public Health Campaign Calendar 2019/20

 

  

Other National Public Health Campaigns

Here are some other campaigns that you may want to participate in:

 

Change4Life Nutrition Campaign 

Change4Life have launched a new campaign to encourage families to ‘make a swap when you next shop’ to help them cut back on sugar. The campaign shows families how making a few simple swaps to their everyday food and drinks can really make a difference.
 
Through partner activity and television, radio and online advertising, families will be encouraged to: 
  • Search Change4Life for great prizes, easy tips and meal ideas
  • Download the free Food Scanner app to find out what's in their food and drinks
  • Look out for the ‘good choice’ badge in-store 
 
A range of free hard-copy resources are now available from:
https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/84-2019-change4life-nutrition-campaign/resources.
 
Although not one of the 6 directed (mandatory) public health campaigns, a pharmacy may find these resources helpful when having conversations regarding nutrition and in maintaining their HLP Health Promotion Zone.

 

 

Public Health England (PHE) Start4Life 

Public Health England (PHE) launched its first ever Start4Life campaign offering parents support and advice on introducing solid foods to their baby, during what can be a confusing time.  A brand-new weaning hub has been launched on the Start4Life website to help parents during their weaning journey. Packed with NHS-approved advice and tips for each weaning stage, plus simple, healthy weaning recipes, it puts everything parents need to know in one place. 

NB: This is not one of the directed (mandatory) pharmacy campaigns, so pharmacies are not obliged to promote this campaign.  However, pharmacies are encouraged to offer additional information to their patients and this campaign is an opportunity for those of you with Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) status to maintain and develop your portfolio of evidence towards HLP accreditation. 

If you have any questions or would like more information about the campaign, please contact partnerships@phe.gov.uk.

 

 

Last Updated: 12th February 2019