MPS and Circulars ( Drug Alerts plus General Information )

Drug Alerts

MPS 2582 - Medicines Recall - Sayana Press Injection 104mg/0.65ml  NEW

MPS 2581 - Medicines Recall - Ranitidine 150mg & 300mg Effervescent Tabs  NEW

MPS 2580 - Medicines Defect - Xonvea 10mg/10mg GR Tablets  NEW

MPS 2579 - Medicines Defect - Rifadin (rifampicin) 150mg Caps  NEW

MPS 2575 - Medicines Recall - Zantac (Glaxo)  NEW

MPS 2574 - Medicines Defect Information - Emerade (Adrenaline)  NEW

MPS 2570 - Medicines Recall - Bisacodyl 10mg Suppositories  NEW

MPS 2568 - Medicines Recall - Aripiprazole 1mg/1ml Oral Solution  (2)  NEW

MPS 2564 - Medicines Recall - Aripiprazole 1mg/1ml Oral Solution (1)  NEW

MPS 2563 - FMD Alert Class 2 Recall - Kosei, MPT, Doncaster, Drugrus  NEW

MPS 2561 - Medicines Recall - Bisacodyl 5mg tabs (Chanelle Medical)

MPS 2560 - Medicines Defect Information – Emerade

MPS 2558 - FMD Alert Class 2 Recall - B&S Healthcare 

MPS 2556 - Medicines Recall - Paracetamol 500mg tabs (M&A Pharmachem)

MPS 2554 - Medicines Recall - Co-Amoxiclav Oral Suspension 

MPS 2552 - Medicines Defect Information  - Prednisolone tablets 5mg 

MPS 2547 - Medicines Defect - Chloramphenicol 0.5% W/V Antibiotic Eye Drops (Martindale)

MPS 2545 - Medicines Recall - Losartan Potassium 50mg/100mg Film Coated Tablets  

MPS 2542 - Medicines Defect Information - Paracetamol 10mg/ml Solution for Infusion (Actavis/Accord)

MPS 2541 - Medicines Defect Information - Atropine Sulfate (Laboratoire Aguettant)

MPS 2539 - Irbesartan / Irbesartan-Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets Recall 

MPS 2538 - Medicines Defect Information - Amoxicillin 500mg Capsules (Accord)

MPS 2535 - Medicines Recall - Irbesartan 150mg and 300mg  

MPS 2533 Irbesartan / Hydrochlorothiazide (Actavis) 

MPS 2526  Ozurdex 700mcg Intravitreal Implant in Applicator 

MPS 2524  Medicines Defect Information ( Olmetec/Olmesartan )

MPS 2521  Medicines Recall Sodium Cromoglicate 2% w/v 13.5ml Eye Drops & Murine Hayfever Relief 2% w/v 10ml Eye Drops 

MPS 2518 New Information Valsartan (Dexcel/Actavis)

MPS 2517 Fiasp FlexTouch (Novo Nordisk)

MPS 2516 Valsartan (Dexcel/Actavis)

MPS 2514 Children's Dry Cough Glycerin (Bell, Sons & Co.)

MPS 2511  Latanoprost Timolol Eye Drops Solution

MPS 2509 Inhixa solution for injection in pre-filled syringe (Enoxaparin Sodium) 

MPS 2507 Lynparza Capsule 50mg (Astrazeneca) 

MPS 2506 Ventolin Accuhaler 200mcg (Glaxo Welcome UK Ltd)

MPS 2502 Mollipaxin (Trazodone Hydrochloride) 100mg Capsules (Winthrop Pharmaceuticals)

MPS 2500 Buccolam 2.5/5/7.5 and 10mg oromuscosal Solution Pre Filled Syringes (Shire)

MPS 2499 Lipitor (Atorvastatin) 80mg film-coated tablets (Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals)

MPS 2495 Gentamicin in various forms and strengths by a number of different manufacturers

MPS 2494 Xarelto 20mg film coated tablets (Strathclyde Pharmaceuticals)

MPS 2491 Defect Information in a number of items by Focus Pharmaceuticals

MPS 2489 New BNF App Available

MPS 2488 Dutor 20, 30, 40 and 60mg Gastro-resistant Capsules, Hard (Torrent Pharma UK Ltd)

MPS 2481 Sodium Cromoglicate 2% w/v 13.5ml Eye Drops (FDC International) 

MPS 2480 Sodium Cromoglicate 2% w/v 13.5ml Eye Drops (FDC International)

MPS 2476 Amoxicillin Oral Suspension (Caution In Use) Athlone Labs

MPS 2475 Diclo SR 75 Tablets (Diclofenac Sodium) Strides Pharma UK Ltd






General Information

EU Exit Guidance  NEW

New Measures to Help Manage Medicines Shortages  NEW

Pharmacy Needs Assessment - Focus Groups  NEW

MPS 2574 - Mianserin Supply Issue   NEW

Management of Seasonal Fu 2019/20 (a)  NEW

Management of Seasonal Fu 2019/20 (b)  NEW

Update on BEXSERO (Meningitis B) Vaccine Patient Info Leaflet  NEW

MPS 2573 - Provera 100mg tablets Supply Issue  NEW

Community Pharmacists Clinic Times 2019 - Seasonal Flu Vaccine  NEW

MPS 2572 - Fluoxetine 10mg, 30mg, 40mg Caps Supply Issue  NEW

MPS 2571 - Capsaicin Cream Supply Issue  NEW

Phenobarbital Elixir Alcohol Level Guidance  NEW

Letter to HSC Providers - EU Exit Update  NEW

EU Exit Operational Guidance Letter from DoH  NEW

EU Exit Operational Readiness Guidance  NEW

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Further Information  NEW

Support and Delivery of Domiciliary Care Payment  NEW

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Supply Issues  NEW

Delayed Diagnosis of DKA and Type 1 Diabetes in a young Adult  NEW

MUR Service Evaluation - Patient Referrals to GP Practice  NEW

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2019-20  NEW

MPS 2566 - Addition of Melatonin 1mg/ml Oral Solution S/F to NI Drug Tariff  NEW

CBD Letter to Pharmacists  NEW

Pre-registration Pharmacist Placements Update 2019-20  NEW

Pre-registration Pharmacist Placements Update 2018-19  NEW

Supply Disruption - Emerade 500mcg and 300mcg Adrenaline Auto Injector Device  NEW

Update on Cannon Hygiene Collections 

Use of Hernia Mesh 

MMS 1892 - Appliances and Drug Tariff 

MPS 2559 - Appliances and Drug Tariff 

Extension of HPV Vaccination to Boys Aged 12-13 Years   and Annex A 

Planned Exit of the UK from the European Union 

Joint Letter from BSO & McLernons - Connectivity to Pharmacy Portal 

Red Amber List Update - June 2019 

Disophyramide 100mg & 150mg Capsules Supply Disruption 

Epanutin Supply Disruption Alert  

Compliance Support / Medicines Adherence Payments 

Shingles Vaccination Programme - Eligibility Criteria 2019/20 

Diamorphine 5mg Injection Supply Issue 

Microgynon 30 and Ovranette tablets Supply Issue 

Yellow Fever Vaccine (Stamaril) Extreme Caution 

Rapid Treatment Required - DNP Poisoning 

Loestrin Tablets Supply Issue 

Community Pharmacy MUR Service 2019/20 

End of 2018-19 Flu Season and Related Issues 

MPS 2553 - Cannon Hygiene 

Wound Care Management Transitional Payment 

Guidelines on Choice of Glucometers and Ketometers for Adults Type 1 

Diabetes Consumables For Children and Young People Type 1 

MPS 2550 - Common Coding Issues 

Missing Prescriptions Alert 

Outcome of Review of Pre-School Childhood vaccination

MPS 2549 - Labetalol Tablets Supply Issue

MPS 2548 - Levomepromazine 25mg/ml injection supply issue

Pharmacy Alert - Stolen Prescriptions 

Critical Medicines Letter and Crucial Timelines 

MPS 2547 - Woundcare Management Products - Reminder 

Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics - New Restrictions and Precautions 

Gabapentin and Pregabalin - Schedule 3 CD from 1st April 2019 

MPS 2544 - Wound Care Products - Changes to NI Drug Tariff April 2019 

Cannabis Based Products for Pain 

Declaration and Self-Assessments Form 

Early Alert System 

Antenatal Rubella Screening

The Misuse of Drugs Act amendments

Medical Device Alert - Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump & Field Safety Notice

Metoprolol 50mg and 100mg Supply Issue

Exit From The EU - Medicines and Medical Supplies 

MPS 2540 - Wound Care Management : Changes to N.I. Drug Tariff 

Advice of Changes to Drug Tariff and Wound Care Products 

Implementation of the FMD (Falsified Medicines Directive) 

Pre-Registration 2019/20 

Medical Device Alert - Freestyle Libre Skin Sensitivity 

MPS 2537 - Pharmacy First Service - Patient Group Direction 

Patient Group Direction Document 

MPS 2534 - Larvae Products 

Misdiagnosis of Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Children 

Clexane 40mg Injection Supply Issue 

Reporting Medical Device and Estates Incidents  

Multiple Dispensing and Compliance Support 

Confirmed Influenza Isolates in Northern Ireland - Nice Guidance 

Pharmacy First Winter Pressures Service 

Withdrawal of All Remaining Intervax BCG Vaccine  

VSL#3 Removed from Drug Tariff ACBS List  

Central Supply of Meningitis B Vaccine For Use in High Risk Groups  

Update Protocol on Dispensing Adrenaline Auto-Injectors 150mcg  

MPS 2530 - NI Drug Tariff - No Change in Respect of Gluten-Free Products  

Price Reductions & Updated Cost-Effective Brands of Fluticasone/Salmeterol Inhalers 

Cannabis-Based Products for Medicinal Use - Supplementary Letter 

Investment into Community Pharmacy Services 

Community Pharmacy : Interim Funding Arrangements Letter 

Dysphagia "National Descriptors" Change (IDDSI) 

Dry Eye Treatments in Community Pharmacy 

Supply of BCG Vaccines 

Pharmacy First service for Sore Throats, Colds & Flu-like illness and Service Outline 

Requests for Repeat Medication Christmas-New Year 2018 and Appendix 1-4 

Carbon Monoxide Ongoing Vigilance  

REVISED - Urgent Advice on Adrenaline Auto-injectors 150mcg 

Controlled Drugs - Private Scripts (PCD1s) and Private Req's  

Cannabis Based Products for Medicinal Use  

Adrenaline Auto-Injectors in Schools 

Extended Expiry Date for Selected Jext Auto-Injectors & Affected Batches 

Valproate Pregnancy Prevention Programme 

Supply Disruption - Epanutin (Phenytoin) 30mg/5ml Oral Suspension 

Interim Protocol on Dispensing of Adrenaline Auto-Injectors 

EpiPen & EpiPen Junior Update - Letter to Parents - Revised Supply Disruption Alert 

Flu Vaccination For Staff 

Medical Device Alert and Urgent Safety Notice 

Adrenaline for Anaphylaxis Kits - A Reminder to Health Care Professionals 

MPS 2527 - Update on Coding Issues 

Missing Prescriptions Alert  

EpiPen and EpiPen Junior - Supply Disruption Alert  and Dept Attachment - EpiPen Supply 

Community Pharmacies Promoting Health and Wellbeing 

Red Amber List Update 

Adrenaline Auto-Injector : Supply Issues 

Prescription Ordering Arrangements 

Prescribing dispensing and administration of Oromucosal Midazolam 

Seasonal Flu 2018/19 Letter plus Management of Seasonal Flu 2018/19 

Nice Clinical Guideline (CG) 64 

Preparations For A March 2019 "No Deal" Scenario 

Generics Exception List August 2018 

Switching Of Renal Transplant Patients From Cellcept To Generic Mycophenolate Mofetil  

Resources to support safe and timely management of hyperkalaemia

Resources to support safer bowel care for patients at risk of autonomic dysreflexia

Prescription Medicines Obtained Under False Pretences

Missing Prescriptions

Update On Supply Of UK-Licensed BCG Vaccine And Significant Changes To The Occupational Health Criteria In The Green Book 

Missing Prescriptions

Cost Effective Choices Update 

Esmya Update plus MHRA update 

MPS 2522  Coding for Products Classified As "Special Containers" 


Pause in Vaginal Mesh Surgery - Restriction of Use & High Vigilance Scrutiny Requirements 

Resources to support safer modification of food and drink 

MPS 2519 - Change to Dm+d Unit of Measure For Sachets 

Prescribing of Liquid and other Sedative Medications for Children and reducing the risk of over use 

Further SAIs involving Dispensing of Tacrolimus  -  SQR-SAI-2015-009

Vaginal Mesh - URGENT  plus Annex A

HSCB Glucometer Guidline update

Resources to support safer modification of food and drink

Invitation To Apply For Funding For A Student Pharmacy Technician

Prescribing Guidance Editorial Group Expression of Interest letterDocumentation  -  Form 

Pre-registration Pharmacy Placements 2018-19

MPS 2513  Purchase of Sudafed / Pseudoephedrine 

Update of Red Amber List 

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2018/19 

Serious prescribing error due to milligram microgram confusion at primary care- secondary care interface 

Shingles Vaccination Programme - Eligibility Criteria For 2018/2019  

End of 2017 2018 Flu Season and Related Issues

Valproate contraindicated in women of childbearing potential unless there is pregnancy prevention programme 

Community Pharmacy Medicines Use Review (MUR) Service 2018/19 

Public Holiday Rota Arrangements - 2018/2019 

Risk of Human Error with Robotic Dispensing Systems in Community Pharmacy 

MPS 2503 How to obtain Urgent Medicines during Out of Hours

MPS 2497 Purchase of Codeine Containing Products

MPS 2492 Tubegauz being removed from the Northern Ireland Drug Tariff

MPS 2487 Pregabalin Part I Categorisation change

MPS 2585 Use of Additional Full Dispensing Codes

MPS 2484 Code Book Changes and Alignment of the Unit of Measure 

MPS 2479 Response to Consultation on Global Sum 2017/18

MPS 2477 Alignment of ACBS Borderline Substances to DM+D Unit of Measure Urgent Reminder

MPS 2474 Alignment of ACBS Borderline Substances to DM+D Unit of Measure

Northern Ireland Codebook Preface

MPS 2472 Additional Full Dispensing Fee Code

MPS 2469 Alignment of ACBS Borderline Substances to DM+D Unit of Measure