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Medication Safety

There are many initiatives nationally and locally that aim to improve medication safety and a wealth of information and tools available to help practitioners.

Below are some links to tools provided by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) on medication safety topics.

Warfarin

www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/

Methotrexate

www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/

Lithium

www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/

Care Homes

The Department of Health published an alert on medication safety in care homes following on from 'The Care Homes Use of Medicines Study: prevalence, causes and potential harm of medication errors in care homes for older people' (CHUMs) report.

The letter from the Department of Health with links to the report can be found below.

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130107105354/http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_110719.pdf

General Safety

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the medicines watchdog for the UK.

You can report side effects, adverse drug reactions or faulty medicines by clicking on the link below: -

www.mhra.gov.uk/Safetyinformation/Reportingsafetyproblems

You can report counterfeit medicines by clicking on the link below: -

www.mhra.gov.uk/Safetyinformation/Generalsafetyinformationandadvice/Adviceandinformationforconsumers/Counterfeitmedicinesanddevices/index.htm