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COVID-19 clinical support

The current category is Managing Co-morbidities during Covid-19 pandemic


Palliative care medicines: see Palliative care section

DOAC Education Webinar

During the COVID pandemic, patients prescribed anticoagulants requiring frequent
monitoring (e.g. warfarin and INR) were advised to switch to DOACs where clinically

Whilst DOACs require blood tests to assess renal function throughout treatment, the
monitoring is predictable, less rigorous than INR testing with warfarin and is routinely
carried out in primary care.

In response to requests from SEL primary care committees, the SEL CVD medicines
working group has supported the changes to DOAC transfer of care with webinars

Recordings from both webinars, along with the slides and Q&A documents from the
webinars can be found below

Structured Medication Review




  • National guidance. Includes advice on management of patients taking warfarin in primary care during the Covid-19 pandemic, with recommendations to help minimise attendances

Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine

Controlled Drugs

Management of controlled drugs during coronavirus pandemic. CD National Newsletter August 2020



Roll out of Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) Phase 4

To help you prepare for winter, NHSE are accelerating deployment of EPS Phase 4 allowing patients without a nominated pharmacy to use EPS


Hospital Only Medications (Guide to reconciliation in Primary Care)

Guidance on reconciling hospital only medicines in primary care: This guide aims to improve safety for people prescribed hospital only medicines, so that there are accurate records of these medicines within primary care practice systems.

Illicit drugs

The supply of illicit drugs into the UK has reduced significantly and will continue to reduce further. The result of this is that street prices of illicit drugs are rising, and their quality is diminishing. The illicit trade in prescription medication such as diazepam and pregabalin is increasing with reports that prices have already doubled.

To prevent the levels of theft that are likely to seriously affect operational effectiveness and the safety of all staff at this most critical time, organisations should urgently review their current security arrangements.


  • Guide for alternative inhalers during stock shortages (please note this document is from April, and there are no longer currently significant supply shortages. However, this document can be used if there is a need to switch patients back to their original inhalers, or to check dose equivalences).

Medicines and Prescribing Network

The network brings together health care professionals from across primary, community and secondary care to focus on delivering education and training on Medicines Optimisation & Long Term Condition priorities covering guidelines & pathways, shared care guidelines, medicines safety issues and other areas of priority

Multi Compartment Aids


Pharmacological management of Adult non-cancer chronic pain


Selfcare patient support information