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New guidance on opioid medicines


The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has announced that it has produced a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the supply of opioid medicines.

The document provides details of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) rapid response report: Reducing Dosing Errors with Opioid Medicines. It also includes further information and resources about opioid medicines, as well as a standard template which members can modify to meet the requirements of their own pharmacy.

Michelle Styles, head of information for the NPA, comments: “The NPSA guidance is designed to help NHS organisations in England and Wales to take steps to minimise dosing errors associated with opioid medicines.

“The NPSA report recommendations should be implemented by 30 January 2009 so the NPA SOP will help members implement any necessary changes to meet this deadline.”

Although applicable directly to England and Wales, the NPA believes the SOP resource may also be of interest to pharmacy contractors from Scotland and Northern Ireland. All SOPs and information materials can be found on the NPA website.

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