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  1. News Article
    All NHS hospitals in England have been told to destroy a powerful medicine mistakenly used by staff because its packaging looks the same as another drug. A national safety alert was issued following several incidents, including two deaths of babies, in which patients were inadvertently given a dose of sodium nitrite – which is used as an antidote to cyanide poisoning – rather than sodium bicarbonate. The errors are thought to have been caused by similarities between the labelling and drug packaging used by manufacturers. Now hospitals have been told to check all wards and medicine storage areas for sodium nitrite and to destroy any of the unlicensed product. The drug should only be available in emergency departments and may have been supplied to medical wards by mistake. There are an estimated 237 million medication errors in the NHS every year – with a third linked to packaging and labelling. Read full story Source: The Independent, 9 August 2020
  2. Content Article
    The aim of the World Health Organization (WHO) pharmaceutical newsletter is to disseminate information on the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products, based on information received from networks of "drug information officers" and other sources such as specialised bulletins and journals. Download all issues from the link below. To subscribe and automatically receive the electronic version of every new issue of the WHO Pharmaceuticals Newsletter, please send an email to: join.whophn@mednet-communities.net (do not enter subject or message text).
  3. Content Article
    Pharmacovigilance is the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other medicine/vaccine related problem. This article, published in the journal Drug Safety, outlines how the Egypt Chapter of the International Society of Pharmacovigilance (ISoP) approached raising awareness of the importance of pharmacovigilance and reporting adverse drug reactions during MedSafetyWeek 2020.
  4. Content Article
    Pharmacy teams may want to develop or implement new services in their organisations to realise quality, safety and operational benefits and financial efficiencies, or to improve the patient experience. The Pharmaceutical Journal highlights eight steps pharmacists should follow to ensure that a business case is as robust as possible.
  5. Content Article
    Primary care doctors traditionally provide a longitudinal and holistic view of their patients’ prescriptions, but there are barriers to general practitioners (GPs) carrying out effective reviews in complex patients with polypharmacy. These include unawareness of inappropriate prescribing; fear of the consequences of making changes to prescriptions; lack of self-efficacy (insufficient confidence to make changes); and lack of resources. GPs regularly carry out medication reviews for those taking multiple medicines, often with the support of pharmacists, but report a need for onward referral options to physicians specialising in multimorbidity and polypharmacy. In partnership with pharmacy colleagues, the authors of this study piloted an outpatient polypharmacy clinic, with the eventual hope of moving towards an integrated service. The pilot demonstrated the feasibility of establishing a specialist service in the secondary care or integrated care setting, dedicated to improving clinical outcomes for those experiencing problematic polypharmacy. This paper was published in Future Healthcare Journal.
  6. Content Article
    European drug regulations aim for a patient-centered approach, including involving patients in the pharmacovigilance (PV) systems. However many patient organisations have little experience on how they can participate in PV activities. The aim of this study published in Drug Safety, was to understand patient organisations’ perceptions of PV, the barriers they face when implementing PV activities, and their interaction with other stakeholders and suggest methods for the stimulation of patient organisations as promoters of PV.
  7. Content Article
    This Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) report sets out a case where a medication error with warfarin contributed to the death of a 79-year-old man. The patient had suffered a fall at home and had been admitted to hospital. An error on his chart whilst he was on the ward led to him receiving four or five doses of warfarin, which he did not normally take, before the error was spotted by a ward-based clinical pharmacist. The patient developed internal bleeding and deteriorated (due to several health reasons) and died 21 days after his first admission. Research published this year suggests that medication errors may directly cause around 712 deaths per year and indirectly contribute to 1,708. The report highlights the growing ageing population and that pharmaceutical care of older people can be complex. They are often taking multiple medications and are at the greatest risk of harm due to medicine-related errors.
  8. Content Article
    The Medication Errors Group was established in 2017 under the leadership of Dr Brian Edwards and Professor Ian Wong.. Ensuring the safe and effective use of healthcare products is a key objective for those who work in pharmacovigilance, as well as all other stakeholders, including patients and caregivers. One key element of that is working to reduce and mitigate medication errors and other irrational use of drugs. The mission of the Medication Errors Group is To provide an opportunity for International Society of Pharmacovigilance (ISoP) members, and like-minded collaborators, to network globally in a professional and neutral environment, to share evidence and solutions that can ideally eliminate and/or at least reduce the number and severity of medication errors. This will enable continuous improvement in the use of medicines whilst supporting the interests of patients and their families, and healthcare professionals.
  9. Content Article
    A review on the extent of medication errors and recommendations to reduce medication-related harm in England. The Short Life Working Group report makes recommendations for a programme of work to tackle medication error and improve medicine safety.
  10. Content Article
    HSIB has identified a significant safety risk posed by the communication and transfer of information between secondary care, primary care and community pharmacy relating to medicines at the time of hospital discharge. A reference event was identified that resulted in a patient inadvertently receiving two anticoagulant medications at the same time, possibly causing an episode of gastrointestinal (digestive tract) bleeding. Increasingly, healthcare facilities in primary and secondary care are introducing digital solutions (electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) systems) to improve medicines safety. However, analysis of the reference event identified how ePMA systems can create their own risks, risks that will need to be addressed as these systems become more widespread. Other risk factors relating to prescribing and the discharge of the patient, including medicines reconciliation, availability of pharmacy services and weekend working, were identified during the investigation.
  11. Content Article
    Examples and recommendations around how to implement some aspects from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's report: Getting the medicines right.
  12. Content Article
    Tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) are currently a priority within healthcare and antimicrobial stewardship is an essential element of national and local programmes to address AMR. The aim of this webinar is to provide an overview of antimicrobial stewardship (AS), its importance in tackling Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) and how pharmacists can contribute.
  13. Content Article
    The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is the only nonprofit organisation in the US devoted entirely to preventing medication errors.  In this video, produced by ISMP in partnership with the Temple University School of Pharmacy, experts discuss medication safety concerns and offer practical error prevention recommendations. 
  14. Content Article
    This guidance note is for general information purposes only. It is not exhaustive but does cover the essential elements needed for parties involved with pharmacy appeals.
  15. Content Article
    The Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) is supporting healthcare professionals with the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in England. Read about how they are helping and the resources available.
  16. Content Article
    This website allows patients and professionals to report suspected side effects to medicines or medical device and diagnostic adverse incidents used in coronavirus treatment to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MRHA) to ensure safe and effective use. When reporting patients and healthcare professionals are encouraged to provide as much information as possible.
  17. Content Article
    Every registered medication has an information insert in its package. This patient leaflet provides information on the product, which includes clinical pharmacology, recommended dose, mode of administration, how supplied, and a large section contains warnings and contraindications, adverse reactions, and precautions. Most of the prescribers do not read the patient information leaflets and do not discuss it with the users, whereas some patients do read it thoroughly. This may create worries and uncertainties resulting in reduced compliance to treatment. With easy access of patients to information on drugs that they use, mainly through the electronic media, it is very important that the text and contents of these patient leaflets are simple to understand and readable. Although information from official health agencies is superior to net-based sources, the patient information leaflets should be improved and become more user-friendly and less frightening.
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