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.

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This month’s edition focuses on polypharmacy, influenza in the community – prescribing antivirals, group A streptococcus in children – advice for clinicians, and the MHRA review on the safe use of valproate. We also include recent publications from the RDTC and another in the series of “Meet the Team” where you can get to know the people behind the work we do. There is also information on some key medicines availability issues and serious shortage protocols.