May 2022 Newsletter

Prescribing support newsletters aim to inform readers of work done by the unit and work in progress, to help tailor local work plans and highlight any ‘topical’ issues in prescribing or medicines management.

If you have any suggestions for future topics for the newsletter, then please contact nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net

This month’s edition covers how the RDTC can support stakeholder organisations, our recent publications, and the prescribing support workplan. It also has features on post exposure prophylaxis for chickenpox and shingles, the national flu immunisation programme 2022-23, inadvertent oral administration of potassium permanganate, the CVD eLearning programme, WHO changes to the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis, and sources of information on menopause and HRT availability.

March Newsletter

Prescribing support newsletters aim to inform readers of work done by the unit and work in progress, to help tailor local work plans and highlight any ‘topical’ issues in prescribing or medicines management.

If you have any suggestions for future topics for the newsletter, then please contact nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net

This month’s edition covers RDTC publications produced in the last financial year, specials added to new Part VIIID section of the Drug Tariff, a spotlight on Hidradenitis suppurativa, the potential contamination of infant formula food products, unintentional paracetamol overdose in adult inpatients with low bodyweight, updates to the routine immunisation schedule, and resources relating to Ramadan.

Annual Horizon Scanning Report – 2022-2023

Each year the RDTC considers the information published in the SPS Prescribing Outlook series, and from this information highlights developments that are likely to have significant impact on primary care prescribing budgets, over the coming 12 – 15 months.

The RDTC takes the SPS Cost Calculator and aids in filters to calculate totals for each of its stakeholder ICS and CCGs.

A Key Considerations Document accompanies the Cost Calculator  detailing the key messages, summarising the current prescribing budget position, and suggesting proposed uplifts to prescribing budgets for the next financial year.

This is supplemented throughout the year with the RDTC Monthly Horizon Scanning series, which provides a more accurate monthly account of the impact of new medicines and recommendations as they publish.

There are five regional versions of this publication. These can all be found on the Annual Horizon Scanning Report page

January newsletter

Prescribing support newsletters aim to inform readers of work done by the unit and work in progress, to help tailor local work plans and highlight any ‘topical’ issues in prescribing or medicines management.

If you have any suggestions for future topics for the newsletter, then please contact nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net

This month’s edition covers the use of steroid medication warning cards for children and young people, National Detect, Protect and Perfect programme and choice of DOACs, Primary Care Discussions: Focus on Diabetes, and SPS: New guides for providing medicines advice and/or prescribing in pregnancy. It also continues a series of spotlight articles on one of the types of RDTC stakeholder level report; this month looks at the new Monthly Formulary Amendments report.

New Monthly Formulary Amendments Documents

Monthly Formulary Amendments Documents are a series of new publications from the RDTC for its Stakeholders. These monthly reports list any NICE Technology Appraisals, NICE Guidelines, RMOC Guidance, MHRA Drug Safety Updates, and National Patient Safety Alerts published in the previous calendar month which may have an impact on local formularies and guidelines.  This document is for APCs, and formulary committees to ensure formularies remain up to date, and in line with latest NICE guidance and safety information.

It includes a suggested formulary position for APCs/Formulary Committees, together with a summary of any financial/commissioning implications. The purpose of the document is to support consistent decision making by APCs.

This information is produced for use by NHS healthcare professionals and RDTC stakeholders.

These can all be found on the Formulary amendments page

November newsletter

Prescribing support newsletters aim to inform readers of work done by the unit and work in progress, to help tailor local work plans and highlight any ‘topical’ issues in prescribing or medicines management.

If you have any suggestions for future topics for the newsletter, then please contact nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net

This month’s edition covers the transformation of the SPS, the new SPS Medicines Availability Tool, and SPS publications, discontinuation of the Intal asthma inhaler, and the new NTAG Website. It also continues a series of spotlight articles on one of the types of RDTC stakeholder level report; this month takes a look at Monthly Horizon Scanning Document.

September newsletter

Prescribing support newsletters aim to inform readers of work done by the unit and work in progress, to help tailor local work plans and highlight any ‘topical’ issues in prescribing or medicines management.

If you have any suggestions for future topics for the newsletter, then please contact nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net

This month’s edition covers new labelling requirements for sennosides, changes to the NHS community pharmacy contract, National guidance on blood testing following shortages, and inclisiran in primary care. It also continues a series of spotlight articles on our prescribing data reports; this month takes a look at our prescribing bulletins.