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Make use of community pharmacists’ skills, says NICE

Community pharmacy teams have the potential to play a greater role in health promotion and prevention says NICE, in a new draft quality standard. The draft quality standard calls for community pharmacy services to be included in existing care and referral pathways. This will allow community pharmacy teams to accept as well as make referrals to...

Supply Notification: Clonidine 25mcg tablets – Update

Update (17/01/2020): resupply date now expected mid/end February 2020 First published 20th December 2019 Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Clonidine 25mcg tablets. Limited supplies of Clonidine 25mcg tablets will be available until at least mid-January 2020 due to manufacturing issues. The DHSC Medicine Supply Team provide...

Shortage Notice: Synphase (Ethinylestradiol and Norethisterone) tablets – Update

Update (17/01/2020): resupply date now expected end January 2020 First published 15th November 2019 Issued: 14 November 2019 The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have advised that Synphase tablets are out of stock until 20 December 2019. Other brands of phasic oral contraceptive tablets remain available during this period. Action required:  For patients...

Shortage Notice – Disopyramide 150mg capsules – Update

Update (17/01/2020) resupply date now March 2020 First published 15th November 2019 MSN/2019/007U, update to SDA/2019/002 Date issued 14th November DHSC have advised that Mylan, the sole supplier of disopyramide 150mg capsules, has had a delay to their resupply date. Mylan will be out of stock of Disopyramide 150mg capsules to approximately 13th December 2019....

Shortage Notice: Salofalk (mesalazine) suppositories (500mg and 1g) – Update

Update (17/01/2020): resupply date now expected mid April 2020 for the 500mg suppositories, no date confirmed for the 1g suppositories. First published 24th October 2019 Dr Falk the sole supplier of the 500mg mesalazine suppository (Salofalk suppositories 500mg) has announced that they expect to be out of stock of this line until mid-December 2019. The...

Shortage Notice: Seroxat (paroxetine) 20mg/10ml oral solution – Update

Update (17/01/2020): resupply date now expected end February 2020 First published 25th October 2019 The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have advised that paroxetine 20mg/10ml oral solution will be out of stock until January 2020 due to manufacturing delays. Paroxetine tablets remain available from various suppliers. Action required:  For patients who do not...

Shortage Notice: Mianserin 10mg and 30mg tablets – Update

Update (17/01/2020): resupply date now expected June 2020 First published 16th September 2019 Mylan,  the sole manufacturers of Mianserin 10mg and 30mg tablets, are currently experiencing temporary supply disruptions. Mylan,  the sole manufacturers of Mianserin 10mg and 30mg tablets have advised a resupply date of end of 2019 Supplies are available from specialist importers on...

Sayana Press (medroxyprogesterone acetate) injection supply issue – Update

Update (17/01/2020): resupply date now expected Q1 2020 First published 23rd August 2019 Pfizer, the sole supplier of Sayana Press (medroxyprogesterone acetate 104mg) in the UK,  have informed the Department of Health and Social Care that due to  manufacturing delays, Sayana Press will be out of stock until at least the end of 2019. Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone...

Supply Disruption: Azathioprine 25mg tablets

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a supply disruption notification for Azathioprine 25mg tablets. All suppliers of Azathioprine 25mg tablets are out of stock until the w/c 27th January 2020. The DHSC Medicine Supply Team provide a monthly update on potential supply issues affecting both primary and secondary care. This update is...

Service case study: Pharmacy4Mums2B pilot provides ‘excellent’ service

Pharmacy4Mums2B (P4M2B) is a community pharmacy service in North West London which provides support to women throughout pregnancy and for the first three years of their child’s life. The pilot was developed in collaboration between the Department of Paediatrics at Northwick Park Hospital LNWUH Trust, the Academic Department of Paediatrics at Imperial College London, and...