Volume 11 – 2020

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Issue 5- October 2020 Swallowing difficulties and thickening agents; lipid management & Ezetimibe; Gabapentinoids NOT RECOMMENDED for low back pain/sciatica; Every report counts & #medsafetyweek; Managed entry decisions Download
Issue 4 -September 2020 Barrier Skin Products - When to use? ; NI Formulary Dressing of Choice: Aquacel® Extra; Query Anything Unusual; Deprescribing Reminder: Quinine; Revised SPC: REVAXIS®; NICE Guidance — NI Service Notifications; Managed Entry Decisions Download
PCE bulletin 2020 Antimicrobials; PPIs; Nutrition; Cows milk allergy; Opioids; chronic non-malignant pain; Tapentadol; Pregabalin; gabapentin; Hypnotics; anxiolytics;Mefenamic acid;DEPRESCRIBING;Stop / Limited evidence list;Bladder antimuscarinics;Oral bisphosphonates; Vitamins; Lidocaine plasters;Methocarbamol;Generic prescribing;levetiracetam;Topical corticosteroids;Oral contraceptive pills;Lamotrigine dose optimisation;Atorvastatin 30mg and 60mg;LHRH analogues;Gliptins;Insulin / GLP-1 needles;Glucose and ketone test strips;Stool antigen test; Hepa-Merz® Download
Issue 3 - July 2020 Risky Opioid Combinations; Shortages information;Rivastigmine patches: risk of errors;Manevac shortage Download
Tapentadol Supplement Tapentadol audit Download
Covid-19 supplement June 2020  Ibuprofen use and COVID-19 Are patients at higher risk from COVID-19 if they take an ACEi or ARB? Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine B12 injections during COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19 guidance for safe switching from warfarin to a DOAC Increased requests for repeat medicines Inhaler requests for asthma /COPD COPD rescue packs Availability of paracetamol Signposting for patients: Hayfever and COVID-19 Vitamin D during lockdown Treating symptoms of COVID-19 at home COVID-19 NICE guidance Update to NI Microguide ECHO training Download
Issue 2 - February 2020 New NI Wound Formulary; Urinary Incontinence in Dementia; Recent incidentswith Ethinylestradiol;NICE Guidance — Northern Ireland Service Notifications; Managed Entry Decisions Download
Issue 1- January 2020 Prescribing OTC products;Deprescribing-Low doseFurosemide(20mg);Cost effective insulin needles- Unifine Pentips PLUS;NICE Guidance — Northern Ireland Service Notifications;Managed Entry Decisions Download