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  1. News Article
    Nearly a third of community pharmacies in Wales should be able to prescribe medicines for NHS patients, including antibiotics, by the end of this year, health officials say. It is the first new service of its kind in the UK. The aim is to take the pressure off GPs at a time of increasing strain on the NHS. Scotland has adopted a similar approach but England and Northern Ireland have not so far. Community pharmacies in Wales are allowed to offer prescriptions of medicines for acute illnesses such as urinary tract and respiratory infections, gout and chronic pain, as well as emerg
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    Key findings from the 2021 survey include: 95% of respondents said they reported errors to improve pharmacy practice and 80% said they reported in order to help others learn from mistakes. The vast majority (91.4%) of respondents said the reporting procedure was “clear” or “very clear” and a similar proportion (91.6%) said they felt “fairly confident” or “completely confident” following reporting procedures correctly. Almost two thirds (65%) of respondents were aware of the change to the law, introduced in 2018, which provides a legal defence from criminal prosecution in th
  3. News Article
    Pharmacy staff in England are facing growing abuse and aggression from patients frustrated that drug shortages mean they cannot get their usual medications, a survey reveals. The hostility, including swearing and spitting, comes as availability of medicines is becoming more uncertain as a result of Brexit, the Covid pandemic and ingredient supply problems. Hormone replacement therapy drugs are in short supply in many places, affecting women undergoing menopause, for example. Half of pharmacists and counter staff say the unpredictability is causing problems for customers managing thei
  4. Content Article
    Supplying valproate safely to women and girls Pharmacy professionals have a key role in supplying valproate safely. Valproate must not be used in any woman or girl able to have children unless there is a pregnancy prevention programme (PPP) in place. For women and girls, when they are dispensed valproate, they should expect: to be provided with a Patient Card every time valproate is dispensed for valproate to be dispensed with a copy of the patient information leaflet, and if repackaged, with a warning on the container supplied to be reminded of the risks in pregn
  5. Content Article
    In his report, the Coroner raised the following concerns: There did not appear to be any national guidance or standards that directed or encouraged appropriate sharing of risk information and care plans with the local pharmacy. As a result, the pharmacy was unsighted on the fact that the treating psychiatric team had a safety plan involving Sam’s parents being responsible for handling and administering all medication. Had the pharmacy been aware of this plan, it is likely that they would either have refused to provide the medication with which Sam overdosed or, at least, contacted Sam’
  6. Content Article
    Presentations from the webinar: Patient engagement tool: “5 Moments for Medication Safety”, Nagwa Metwally and Helen Haskell Patients, families and health workers partnering for medication safety, Dr Irina Papieva Developing programmes for patient and family engagement - Canadian experience, Ioana Popescu and Maryann Murray View presentations from the first webinar in the series.
  7. Content Article
    Topics covered include: Medication lists and medication changes Computerised prescribing IT systems Overreliance on technology Better education for medics Patient engagement and appropriate information Patient follow-up and real-world surveillance Measuring outcomes Outlook in the future
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    This webinar by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in the US is aimed at: Pharmacists, physicians, nurses Medication safety officers Quality professionals Risk managers Leaders in pharmacy and nursing Pharmacy and anaesthesia technicians Although most medications in healthcare today have a wide margin of safety, there remains some which can cause serious harm or death if they are misused. To reduce the risk of error with these “high-alert” medications, special precautions and high leverage strategies should be implemented to avoid serious pa
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    This webinar by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in the US is aimed at: Pharmacists, physicians, nurses Medication safety officers Quality professionals Risk managers Leaders in pharmacy and nursing Pharmacy and anaesthesia technicians Although most medications in healthcare today have a wide margin of safety, there remains some which can cause serious harm or death if they are misused. To reduce the risk of error with these “high-alert” medications, special precautions and high leverage strategies should be implemented to avoid serious pa
  10. Content Article
    An estimated 237 million medication errors occur in the NHS in England every year. In March 2017, the World Health Organisation launched its third global patient safety challenge, ‘Medications without harm’, with the aim of reducing severe avoidable medication-related harm by 50% in five years. Medicines safety is a key focus of the CQC's regulatory work with trusts, aligning with its ‘Safety through learning’ strategy and commitment to help reduce avoidable harm. Between May and July 2021, the CQC carried out a review of medication safety in 95% of England’s NHS trusts. They spoke w
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