Communications and medicines resources

This page contains local contacts for the Medicines Management Team and links to trusted websites useful in the world of Medicines Management.

Your Medicines Management Team

Makrand Goré – Head of Medicines Management – 01924 504010

 

For contact details for the Pharmacist or Pharmacy Technician allocated to your GP surgery please contact Bev McAllister on 01924 504900

NHS England communication

NHS England have asked CCGs to circulate this advice about pregabalin

Pregabalin Guidance NHS England

NUMSAS – form to add a Special Patient Note at NHS111 (West Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire)

Medicines supply shortages

Up to date information about medicines supply shortages can be found under the following links:-

http://psnc.org.uk/dispensing-supply/supply-chain/branded-shortages/ for branded product shortages

http://psnc.org.uk/dispensing-supply/supply-chain/generic-shortages/ for generic product shortages

Useful websites

The South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee – http://www.swyapc.org/
British National formulary (BNF) – www.bnf.org
NHS Evidence – www.evidence.nhs.uk/downloads.aspx
Patient UK – http://patient.info/
RDTC Teratology Service – http://rdtc.nhs.uk/services/teratology
The Regional Drug and Therapeutics Centre – http://rdtc.nhs.uk/
The electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) – www.medicines.org.uk
MHRA Drug Safety Updates – www.mhra.gov.uk/Publications/Safetyguidance/DrugSafetyUpdate
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) – www.nice.org.uk
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) – www.sign.ac.uk
The NHS website – www.nhs.uk
The NHS website – Behind the Headlines – www.nhs.uk/News/Pages/NewsIndex.aspx
Drug Tariff, NHS Prescription Services – www.ppa.org.uk/ppa/edt_intro.htm
NHS Business Services Authority – www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/prescriptions
Rareshare (for patients, families and healthcare professionals affected by rare disorders – www.rareshare.org
Lab Tests Online (information for patients on clinical lab tests) – www.labtestonline.org.uk
LifeCheck (a free interactive tool for patients that generates an individual health profile) – www.nhs.uk/LifeCheck/Pages/Start.aspx

Medication Safety Resources

There are many initiatives nationally and locally that aim to improve medication safety and a wealth of information and tools available to help practitioners.

Below are some links to tools provided by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) on medication safety topics that we have worked on in NHS North Kirklees.

Warfarin

http://www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?entryid45=59814&q=0%c2%acwarfarin%c2%ac

Methotrexate

http://www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?entryid45=59800&q=0%c2%acmethotrexate%c2%ac

Lithium

http://www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?entryid45=65426&q=0%c2%aclithium%c2%ac

General Safety

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the medicines watchdog for the UK.

You can report side effects, adverse drug reactions or faulty medicines by clicking on the link below: –

http://www.mhra.gov.uk/Safetyinformation/Reportingsafetyproblems

You can report counterfeit medicines by clicking on the link here