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  1. News Article
    NHS prescription charges in England are to be frozen for the first time in 12 years, the government has confirmed. Single prescription charges, which the Department of Health said would normally rise "in line with inflation", will remain at £9.35 until next year. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said freezing the costs would "put money back in people's pockets". Faith Angwet, a single mother of two, said she had to choose between paying for prescriptions to treat for her high blood pressure, or using that money to feed her children. She said the price freeze "won't go far" beca
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    A recent investigation report published by HSIB intends to improve patient safety in relation to the use of oral morphine sulfate solution (a strong pain-relieving medication taken by mouth).[1] The investigation focused on the case of Len, who took an accidental overdose of morphine sulfate oral solution. He had previously been diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a progressive disease that affects the nervous system, and had been prescribed morphine sulfate by his GP for persistent symptoms of breathlessness and pain following a fall. Len was prescribed morphine sulfate, whi
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    Findings The initial choice of paracetamol and ibuprofen to control Len’s pain following his fall was in line with national guidance. Len’s pain was not effectively controlled on paracetamol and ibuprofen, therefore required review by his GP to address this. The choice of a morphine liquid was in line with national guidance and a reduced morphine dose was prescribed in line with recommendations for the older person and Len’s degree of kidney dysfunction. Len’s dose of morphine was displayed on the dispensing label attached to the outer box that the morphine was provide
  4. 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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    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
  6. Content Article
    The guidance covers: Drug switching Exemptions from prescription charges Excessive prescribing Medicines shortages Non-GP prescribing Prescribing numbers for GPs Prescribing incentive schemes Prescribing advice Working with pharmacists Community drug charts Prescription intervals Travel vaccinations Supplementary and independent prescribing Private prescriptions Charging patients Patient rights and responsibilities
  7. Content Article
    The Standard The Social Prescribing Standard will enable the sharing and recording of information for the whole patient journey, from initial referral, throughout the period of social prescribing and the message back to the referrer and GP at its conclusion. The standard supports the recording and sharing of information including: The information required to support the conversations between the link worker and the person Information to support people, show their healthcare is joined up and avoid them having to retell their story multiple times Information that c
  8. News Article
    RaDonda Vaught's conviction for a fatal medical error has already damaged patient safety and should serve as a wake-up call for health system leaders to improve harm prevention efforts, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has said. Ms. Vaught was convicted 25 March of criminally negligent homicide and abuse of an impaired adult for a fatal medication error she made in December 2017 while working as a nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. "We know from decades of work in hospitals and other care settings that most medical errors result from flawed sys
  9. News Article
    We have the technology to start a new era in medicine by precisely matching drugs to people's genetic code, a major report says. Some drugs are completely ineffective or become deadly because of subtle differences in how our bodies function. The British Pharmacological Society and the Royal College of Physicians say a genetic test can predict how well drugs work in your body. The tests could be available on the NHS next year. It would have helped Jane Burns, from Liverpool, who lost two-thirds of her skin when she reacted badly to a new epilepsy drug. She was put on to carb
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    Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in health care systems across the world. WHO Patient Safety Flagship has initiated a series of monthly webinars on the topic of “WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm”,. The main objective of the webinar series is support implementation of this WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm at the country level. Considering the huge burden of medication-related harm, Medication Safety has also been selected as the theme for World Patient Safety Day 2022.
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    Antipsychotics have been frequently and increasingly prescribed for extended periods to people with recorded personality disorder but no history of severe mental illness, a study looking at UK general practice data has found. Researchers from University College London looked at 46 210 people who had had personality disorder recorded in their GP record between January 2000 and 31 December 2016. Of these, 15 562 (34%) had been prescribed antipsychotics. The study, published in BMJ Open, also found that 36 875 people with a record of personality disorder had no record of severe mental i
  12. News Article
    Sasha Mallett, Sue Taylor and Kimberly Cooley all have immune deficiencies that make them especially vulnerable to Covid-19, and all have tried to get the same thing: a new treatment that can prevent the disease in people who either cannot produce antibodies after receiving a coronavirus vaccine or cannot get vaccinated at all. Ms. Cooley, a liver transplant recipient in Duck Hill, Mississippi, got the antibody drug, called Evusheld, from her transplant team at the University of Mississippi Medical Center with no trouble. But Ms. Taylor, of Cincinnati, was denied the treatment by two hosp
  13. Content Article
    Welcome and opening remarks - Neelam Dhingra Introduction to the WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm World Patient Safety Day 2022: Medication Safety Patient Engagement in Medication Safety Challenges and Opportunities: Helen Haskell
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    Around 1 in 5 hospital admissions in over-65s and around 6.5% of total hospital admissions are caused by the adverse effects of medicines. Prescribing people medicines that they neither need nor want can lead to serious harm, as identified in the Government’s 2021 National overprescribing review report. This is why the PRSB has been tasked with reviewing and revising our eDischarge summary standard and supporting documentation to ensure it addresses the issue of #oveprescribing and provide useful guidance to help users address issues. To do this, we are holding an online consultation with
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