Friday Letter 04/10/2019

Friday 4th October 2019

Reminder: Re-validation required by the end of this month

For many pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, the GDhC revalidation deadline approaching.

The Renewal window open for submission is already open and will close 31st October 2019.

The NPA have produced a step by step guide on how to revalidate in time for the deadline, please click here to view on the NPA website.


NEL LPC Cardiovascular update

  • Coronary heart disease affects 1 in 4 men and 1 in 6 women; it is the single biggest killer in the UK.
  • We know that Inequalities in heart attack care ‘costing women’s lives’
  • Let’s help the heart of our communities in NE London.

NEL LPC are pleased to invite you to a CVD update that will be presented by Paul Wright.

Paul is the lead Cardiac Pharmacist at Barts Health NHS Trust He is currently co-chair of the UKCPA Cardiac Committee and Program Guardian for several cardiac topics for CPPE. He has a specialist interest in Heart Failure.

When: Thursday 7th November

Where: Epping Forest Best Western, 30 Oak Hill, Woodford Green, London IG8 9NY

Registration and refreshments at 7pm for a 7:40 pm start and finish by 9:30pm


  • Introduction and overview of Heart Failure and the impact on NE London
  • The 10 year plan – focus on cardiovascular disease and opportunities for primary care
  • Brief update on AF
  • Hypertension update
  • Cardiovascular risk calculations (QRISK)
  • Lipid management
  • Supporting adherence and compliance with existing medicinal therapies
  • Summary, questions and next steps

Please click on this link to register:


September 2019 Price Concessions – update

An update to the September price concessions have been granted, please click here to view on the PSNC website.


Reminder: Action required by pharmacies – SSPs for Fluoxetine

Due to the ongoing supply issues with Fluoxetine, DHSC have issued Serious Shortage Protocols for 10mg, 30mg and 40mg capsules. 20mg capsules are currently in good supply.

Please read through the followins SSPs in full and implement them as appropriate, with immediate effect from today, Thursday 3rd October.

These are the first SSPs to be issues by DHSC, they can be revoked or amended at any time. At the current time these are expected to be in place until the end of October, we will update contractors when more information becomes available.

For further details and support, please see the PSNC website


Class 4 Medicines Defect Information: Emerade 150, 300 and 500 microgram solution for injection in pre-filled syringe

The MHRA has notified Bausch and Lomb UK Limited of reports that Emerade pens have failed to activate. The MHRA is advising that Emerade devices should not be recalled.

Alert Published: 3 October 2019

Please follow the link below, read the alert in FULL and take the appropriate action in your pharmacy

Class 4 Medicines Defect Information: Emerade 150, 300 and 500 microgram solution for injection in pre-filled syringe (MDR 57-08/19)


Use of multicompartment compliance aids in the community is ‘excessive’, says NHS Wales | Pharmaceutical Journal

Click here to view the above PJ article.

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