- Guidance on cannabis-based products for medicinal useGuidance on cannabis-based products for medicinal use
The new regulations to widen the availability of cannabis-based medicinal within the NHS came into effect on 1 November 2018. Prescribing is restricted to a doctor on the GMC specialist register prescribing within their field of expertise where the cannabis-based product is an unlicensed ‘special’ medicinal product for use by a specific patient. Once a product receives a licence from the MHRA, it will be available for prescription in the same way as any other Schedule 2 drug.
The BMA has published some Q&As to explain what these changes mean, which include links to other guidance including:
NHS England has also published a patient leaflet which helpfully states that ‘You cannot get cannabis-based medicine from your GP – it can only be prescribed by a specialist hospital doctor’
- Fentanyl patches – MHRA Drug Safety UpdateFentanyl patches – MHRA Drug Safety Update
Please see the following link highlighting advice provided by MHRA for healthcare professionals regarding Fentanyl patches:
Advice is being reiterated because MHRA continue to receive reports of unintentional opioid toxicity and overdose of fentanyl due to accidental exposure to patches.
- Supplies of Hepatitis B vaccine has improvedSupplies 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.
- Interim report – GP Partnership review
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