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Friday Letter 14/12/2018

Friday 14th December 2018

Christmas and New Year Opening times 2018/19

Barking and Dagenham




Tower Hamlets

Waltham Forest

Reclassification of  Oral lidocaine-containing products for teething

Oral lidocaine-containing products for use in teething have been reclassified from General Sales List (GSL) to Pharmacy-only (P) medicine by MHRA.

The new packaging bearing the ‘P’ logos will not become available until early 2019 so for any stock that have ‘GSL’ written, please move them behind the counter and follow the usual procedures for P medicines.

For more information, please see the news item from NPA

Community Pharmacists: Funded places available for accredited Minor Ailments CPD course in London

Funded places on the following Minor Ailments course from Bath university, Supported by NHSE and HEE though the Pharmacy Integration fund. Great CPD for pharmacists and preparation for DMIRS. 

Click here for the full flyer

Music therapy

Music and sound play an important part throughout our lives whether through listening, taking part or moving to it. We can respond to music from a very early age, before words and language are developed, and this continues even when verbal abilities are lost and/or we are at the end of our lives.

Matt Hancock orders review into overprescribing in the NHS | GOV.UK

Reduction in prescription volume: For a number of reasons prescription volume will continue to fall. It started with OTC products, then there are new plans being developed to address public health issues, and now there is another reason why Prescription number will continue to fall.

With decrease in volume of prescriptions and dispensing fees and with no prospect of nationally negotiated new contract the only alternative is to concentrate on local services where at least working with the STP we have some hope. 

Steps to cut over-prescribing:

The Health and Care Secretary has announced a review into over-prescribing in the NHS. There view will focus on patients who take multiple medicines, to ensure patients are receiving the most appropriate treatment for their needs. The review will be led by Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Dr Keith Ridge.

The review will look at how doctors and pharmacists can be supported to review prescriptions and ensure patients are receiving the most appropriate treatment for their needs.

Click here to view the article on the website

DMIRS Webinar available On Demand

The DMIRS webinar from June this year, with further information on the service and how to sign up for the London Pilot, is now available on Youtube, click here to view.

Government’s preparations for a March 2019 ‘No Deal’ scenario: an update

Please be aware of the following update document when considering your preparations for the potential impacts of Brexit.

Clinicians asked to help improve use of medicines | NHS Networks

As many of 50% of patients don’t take medicationsas prescribed, which has implications for their health and for the wider healtheconomy.

University of Leicester Hospitals Trusts is interested in coming up with strategies to improve adherence and would like to hear from GPs and clinicians in other settings about the barriers and potential ways through them. Please complete the brief survey if you’re a clinician with care of people with long-term conditions on one or more medications. The results of the survey will be published in a future edition of this newsletter.

Click here to view the full on the NHS Networks website

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