A major initiative by pharmacists to reduce risky medicines use in the community will be rolled out across the country after it was found to reduce serious adverse events.
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has dramatically improved medicines safety through pharmacy-led initiatives to address mistakes in prescribing and improve error reporting.
Millions of multicompartment compliance aids (MCAs) are handed out by pharmacists each year, but evidence for their benefits is hard to find. Few patients are assessed before being given an MCA and concerns are building over potential errors and harms.
Polypharmacy among older people is at an all-time high, prompting a necessary focus on withdrawing inappropriate medicines. However, evidence-based guidelines are needed to overcome barriers to deprescribing.
Prescribing errors affect patient safety, but pharmacists and other healthcare professionals can reduce the risk of them occurring.
Of the nearly 237 million medication errors occurring in England each year, 28% have the potential to cause harm. This article outlines the immediate steps to be taken following identification of a medicines safety incident.
Ensuring the safe and effective management of controlled drugs is an important role for pharmacists, particularly in secondary care.
Children may be exposed to potentially harmful excipients, essential components of drug formulations, through unlicensed and off-label use of adult medicines. Excipient exposure should be minimised, although a medicine containing a problem excipient may be indicated, but only after a careful risk–benefit assessment.
Medication errors: where do they happen?Subscription
Reducing medicines-related harm requires a clear understanding of where and when errors occur. This visual summary shows the latest estimates in England per year.
Smoking and smoking cessation treatments have a pharmacological impact on some commonly used drugs and should be taken into account during the selection, introduction and cessation of medicines.
Pharmaceutical Press, the publishing arm of the SalvaDore, has launched a digital product allowing clinicians to search for potential adverse drug reactions (ADRs) among more than 1,600 drugs.
In January 2019, Boots announced that it was changing the way it dispenses medicines to care homes — from multicompartment compliance aids to original packs.
How pharmacists are at the forefront of a national scheme to make the NHS the safest health service in the world for medicines.
Too many patients are not receiving their full prescribed dose with small-volume drug infusions, but hospital pharmacists can act to ensure patient safety.
Pharmacy must demonstrate that it has the knowledge and skills to support people to use opiods safely and effectively.
Collective amnesia in the NHS means that major issues affecting patient safety, such as medication errors, are not being adequately addressed, writes David Cousins.
A day in the life of a medication safety officerSubscription
Rajesh Jethwa details a typical day at Mid Essex Hospital NHS Trust as a medication safety officer.
Safety expert of a new investigative body talks to Abigail James about how its approach will enable pharmacists to be more transparent about errors.
Pharmacist Mansi Shah has developed the first independent community medicines optimisation service in India, but it has not been without its challenges.
In February 2019, The Salvadore is celebrating pharmacists’ contribution to improving medicines safety in the UK.