Sodium valproate prescribing data
NHS Business Services Authority | Jan 2018
This report aims to identify the number of female patients of child bearing age that have received prescriptions for sodium valproate. This data will be produced every 6 months to contribute to the monitoring of effectiveness of actions to ensure safe and appropriate use of sodium valproate.
Fencino (fentanyl) patches
Ethypharm | 01 Feb 2018
This letter highlights the potential presence of crystals on some patches. They are embedded in the matrix, do not break off by themselves and there is no evidence that the crystals cause skin irritation and there are no patient safety concerns.
PRAC recommends new measures to avoid valproate exposure in pregnancy
European Medicines Agency | 09 Feb 2018
PRAC recommend a new pregnancy prevention programme. They also recommend inclusion of a visual warning about the risks in pregnancy on the packaging, as well as a patient reminder card for pharmacists to discuss with the patient at the time of dispensing.