New law strengthens punishment for assaulting health sector workers

New law strengthens punishment for assaulting health sector workers

July 27 2018 A new law will increase the possible sentencing of someone who commits common...

Home Office gives go ahead to allow cannabis-derived medicinal products on prescription

Home Office gives go ahead to allow cannabis-derived medicinal products on prescription

July 27 2018 Certain cannabis-derived products will be reclassified as Class 2 medicinal...

Review on prescribed medicines sets out scope and terms of reference

Review on prescribed medicines sets out scope and terms of reference

July 24 2018 A review of prescribed medicines looking at the evidence of dependence and...

AMs recommend that pharmacists have access to palliative care data in Wales

AMs recommend that pharmacists have access to palliative care data in Wales

July 18 2018 Community pharmacists should be among those health professionals who are alerted to...

APTUK questions claims about pharmacy technicians’ desire to supervise medicines supplies

APTUK questions claims about pharmacy technicians’ desire to supervise medicines supplies

July 18 2018 The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK is questioning a survey on pharmacy...

  • New law strengthens punishment for assaulting health sector workers

    New law strengthens punishment for assaulting health sector workers

    Friday, 27 July 2018 16:08
  • Home Office gives go ahead to allow cannabis-derived medicinal products on prescription

    Home Office gives go ahead to allow cannabis-derived medicinal products on prescription

    Friday, 27 July 2018 15:58
  • Review on prescribed medicines sets out scope and terms of reference

    Review on prescribed medicines sets out scope and terms of reference

    Tuesday, 24 July 2018 12:30
  • AMs recommend that pharmacists have access to palliative care data in Wales

    AMs recommend that pharmacists have access to palliative care data in Wales

    Wednesday, 18 July 2018 17:41
  • APTUK questions claims about pharmacy technicians’ desire to supervise medicines supplies

    APTUK questions claims about pharmacy technicians’ desire to supervise medicines supplies

    Wednesday, 18 July 2018 17:17

Umesh Modi is a chartered accountant, and Pamini Jatheeskumar is a chartered certified accountant at Silver Levene...
  Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead...
Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead pharmacist, Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Public Health England
More inWhite Papers  

naloxone1November 16 2015

 

Guidance on the recent regulatory changes to increase the availability of naloxone for emergency treatment of opioid overdose has been issued.

 

Regulatory changes came into effect on October 1 allowing naloxone to be supplied without prescription by drug treatment services.

These can include:

  • drug services commissioned from primary care providers
  • drug services commissioned from secondary care providers (including a range of specialised community and inpatient drug services)
  • commissioned services providing needle and syringe programmes (including those provided from pharmacies)
  • pharmacies providing drug treatment services.

Supply will be under patient group directions (PGDs) or patient specific directiosn (PSDs), and will allow injectable naloxone preparations to be supplied or used.

“Under the new regulations, it is legal to provide a family member or friend of a heroin/opioid user with naloxone without the express permission of the person who is using the heroin/opioid, as long as it is being supplied by the drug treatment service in order for the family member or friend to be able to use it to save life in an emergency,” says the Department of Health guidance.

“There is, however, an ethical question for local areas concerning the appropriateness of such supply without the drug user knowing or agreeing. We would expect that this issue would be addressed within local protocols and through local clinical decision making processes.”

PSNC has commented: “Pharmacy contractors are reminded that this widening of availability to supply naloxone is not an obligation to do so. Thought may have to be given to including the supply of naloxone as part of the locally commissioned service and the costs of procuring naloxone, staff training in the safe and competent administration of naloxone and the replacement cost of naloxone, if used, are likely to need to be factored into negotiations with local commissioners.”

Links:

DoH guidance ‘Widening the availability of naloxone’

PSNC comment

Legal & Policy News

July 31 2018 General practices employing pharmacists are citing improved capacity to see patients and workload changes as the main benefits of the scheme.
July 25 2018 Switching to sulfonylureas in type 2 diabetes has been linked with an increased risk of complications compared with staying on metformin, a BMJ study has concluded. However, the study has...