COVID-19 Updates

Please see below a list of communications that have beens ent out across Kent & Medway about COVID-19.

Name Contents
Newsletter Issue 1
Sent on 27/03/2020
  • Prescription duration
  • Electronic repeat dispensing
  • Requests for salbutamol inhalers
  • Shortages of inhaled corticosteroids
  • Requests for COPD Rescue packs
  • Increasing requests for palliative care medicines
  • INR monitoring and use of DOACs
  • Community Pharmacy
Newsletter Issue 2
Sent on 01/04/2020
  • Requests for Baby Milk Formulation Feeds
  • British Society for Rheumatology Guidance
  • COVID PROTECT (Eclipse)
  • Multi-Compartment Aids (MCA) /Blister Pack Dispensing
  • Inhalers Supply Update
Newsletter Issue 3
Sent 03/03/2020
  • Beclomethasone Inhalers
  • NHS Volunteer Responders
  • Intra Articular Steroid Injections
  • Community Pharmacy Update
  • Shortages Notice
Newsletter Issue 4
Sent 08/04/2020
  • MHRA Statement on Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine
  • MHRA: COVID-19 and Antihypertensive Medication
  • COVID-19 Rapid Guideline: Managing Suspected or Confirmed Pneumonia in Adults in the Community
  • Guidance on Contraceptive prescribing during COVID-19
  • Management of Patients Requiring Anticoagulation
  • Easter opening for Community Pharmacy
  • Other NICE COVID-19 Rapid Guidelines

Newsletter Issue 5
Sent 21/04/2020

*The BSH recommedation has been updated since this newsletter was published. The doses of Cyanocobalamin recommended by the BSH  have changed.​ Please follow the link to the BSH website to see the updated guidance

  • Guidance for Dispensing Practices during COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Guidance on Provision of Vitamin B12 injections during COVID-19
  • Palliative care LES
  • Delivery of Medicines to Patients During COVID-19
  • Diabetes Update - SGLT2i Prescribing
  • Latest Rapid Guidelines
  • Shortages Update
Email update regarding COVID-19 response
Sent on 20/03/2020
East Kent Medicines Optimisation team - COVID-19 response
Email update regarding DMARD monitoring
Sent on 23/03/2020
DMARD monitoring - move to 3 monthly monitoring
Email regarding Medicines Issues
Sent on 23/03/2020
East Kent Medicines Issues Update - COVID-19 - length of supply/ ERD/ medication delivery/ Inhalers/ Paracetamol
Email providing links to KMPT guidance
Sent on 07/04/2020
Email around End of Life Drug supplies
Sent 09/04/2020

End of Life Drugs - Community Pharmacies commissioned to supply / Drug shortages

Guidance and management of ITP - Hospital Only