Prescribing newsletters

The medicines management team produces a monthly newsletter called 'The Prescription Pad'. This focuses on the medicines optimisation through the quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) workstreams. It will give you an update on QIPP progress as well as useful up-to-date information about prescribing.

Please do send us any comments and suggestions for items to share with your colleagues.

BHR prescription pad

Newsletters 2016

July 2016

  • Prescribing forum dates
  • Bart's Health formulary additions
  • Nice updates treatment of Alzheimer's, Alirocumab and Evolocumab
  • Drug Safety Update- warfarin and calciphylaxis, citalopram and cocaine interaction 
  • Top Tips for cost-effective prescribing- amlodipine solution, azithromycin capsules, cetirizine capsules

June 2016

  • Lessons learnt from queries- oxycodone
  • Community pharmacies to query hospital only medicines
  • Canagliflozin,dapagliflozin and empagliflozin as monotherapies for treating type 2 diabetes (TA 390)
  • Alert regarding the use of Antiviral medicines for Influenza
  • Drug safety update- topical miconazole serious interactions with warfarin
  • Vaccine update- Reminder on administration sites for the four injectable vaccines at 12 months
  • Top Tips for cost-effective prescribing: Oxybutynin liquid to patches, Paracetamol 500mg/5ml to 250mg/5ml suspension

May 2016

  • Bart's Health formulary decisions
  • NHS England PGD updates
  • BHR CCG prescribing forums
  • New MM contact details
  • Canagliflozin and risk of lower limb amputation
  • Scriptswitch cost savings- Ibuprofen capsules to tablets, Pregabalin to Rewisca, Tadalafi to Sildenafil

April 2016

  • FAQs- Vitamin D prescribing in children and adolescents
  • Website updates- NOACs update on process for Barts Health, 7 day versus 28 day prescribing guidance, ONS leaflet
  • NHS England PGD updates
  • Top tips for cost-effective prescribing: nitrofurantoin suspension, prednisolone soluble tablets, rizatriptan lyophilisate tablets 

March 2016

  • Formulary additions- Vortioxetine
  • Prescribing probiotics e.g. VSL#3
  • NICE updates- TA385 ezetimibe, CG137 Epilepsy, CG185 Bipolar disorder, CG62 Antenatal care
  • MHRA Drug safety update Feb 2016
  • NICE guidance CG108 Chronic Heart failure management
  • Prescription charge increase
  • Top tips for cost-effective prescribing: atorvastatin 30mg 60mg, diltiazem 60mg m/r tablets, dicycloverine tablets

February 2016

  • Your questions answered – alcohol misuse services and Ulipristal tablets
  • Levonorgestrel IUS – prescribe by brand
  • Galantamine – risk of skin reactions
  • Valproate in pregnancy communication tools
  • Top tips for cost effective prescribing – Co-amoxiclax SF, Risedronate 35mg tablets, Aripiprazole and Lisinopril liq

January 2016

  • Upcoming Prescribing Forums - Save the dates
  • NELFT End of Life Care Prescribing guidelines
  • Cow's Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) guidelines
  • Latest NICE guidance - Tuberculosis and Care for dying adults
  • Supply shortage of Insuman insulins
  • Top tips for cost effective prescribing

 

Newsletters 2015

December 2015

  • Pioglitazone - supply shortage
  • Lessons learnt from recent controlled drug incident
  • In case you missed it……...

November 2015

  • Antibiotic awareness and stewardship
  • Website updates
  • Mirabegron— risk of hypertension
  • Alimemazine—review of cost-effectiveness

October 2015

  • Prescription pad details - how to change
  • Prescribing Scheme reminders
  • Havering drug and alcohol service

September 2015

  • Medicines Waste – resources for practices
  • Buscopan – risk of misuse
  • Proton pump inhbitors and risk of SCLE
  • Claiming payment for vaccines
  • Redbridge primary care and alcohol detox and substance misuse

August 2015

  • Patient Group Directions – 2015 updates
  • Denosumab – patient reminder cards
  • Prescribing forum updates
  • Ensuring generic prescribing – NHSBSA alert
  • Xaltan eyedrops – change in formulation

July 2015

  • Prescribing forums
  • Website updates
  • Community pharmacy forum
  • SGLT2 inhibitors and serious Diabetic Ketoacidosis

June 2015

  • MM website resources
  • Isotretinoin - hospital only
  • Mepilex dressing - name change

May 2015

  • Lost / Stolen / Fraudulent prescriptions
  • ScriptSwitch annual report
  • Oxycodone and Methadone high strength liq
  • Prescribing and supply of antiviral medicines
  • Hydroxyzine—QT elongation risk

April 2015

  • Sick day rules in acute kidney injury
  • EPS and controlled
  • EMIS web and Rx ProScript

March 2015

  • Reporting medication safety incidents
  • Reporting concerns about controlled drugs
  • Aceclofenac - new contraindications
  • Changes to the Medicines Management Team

February 2015

  • Clinical incident- sharing lessons learnt
  • CTT and IV antibiotics
  • NICE lipid guidance implementation- biochemistry feedback
  • Sodium valproate in pregnancy
  • Nursing and residential home data

January 2015

  • Prescribing forums- save the date
  • Diclofenac- no longer available OTC
  • Shared decision making- blood glucose meters
  • Pregabalin and Gabapentin- abuse potential

 

Newsletters 2014

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November 2014

October 2014

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June 2014

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March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

Newsletters 2013

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Newsletters 2012

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February 2012 newsletter

January 2012 newsletter

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November 2011 newsletter

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