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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Hot Topic
Fentanyl patches – MHRA Drug Safety Update

Please see the following link highlighting advice provided by MHRA for healthcare professionals regarding Fentanyl patches:

https://www.gov.uk/drug-safety-update/transdermal-fentanyl-patches-life-threatening-and-fatal-opioid-toxicity-from-accidental-exposure-particularly-in-children?utm_source=eshot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DSU_October2018_Main2

Advice is being reiterated because MHRA continue to receive reports of unintentional opioid toxicity and overdose of fentanyl due to accidental exposure to patches.

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Supplies of Hepatitis B vaccine has improved

The DHSC has asked the GPC to inform LMCs that the supply situation for hepatitis B vaccines has improved and customers should be able to order as per historical demand.

Although MSD have constrained supplies of the vaccines, GSK have very good supplies available. However, GSK have been underselling significantly over the last few months and GPs are one customer type who are ordering much less than expected- taking into account their historical demand and need for a catch up for those who missed out on vaccination during the supply issues.

DHSC would therefore like to remind practices that they should now be able to access good supplies of the hepatitis B vaccines.

Hot Topic
Local Actions to ensure aTIV is offered to individuals aged 65 years and over.

NHSE are now advising practices and pharmacies that they can exchange vaccines to ensure that it can be offered to patients in the priority group. The requirements around this are that:

  • the surgery that is holding the excess stock can give an assurance that the vaccine has been held properly in the correct temperature controlled conditions;
  • confirmed record keeping of temperature monitoring is available;
  • the surgery that requests the aTIV is able to verify the assurances given;
  • the vaccine can be transported appropriately under the right conditions.

To see the letter sent out by NHSE and for more information click here.

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