NHSE discourages medicines stockpiling in coronavirus management

Pharmacies and GPs have been asked to discourage medicines stockpiling related to coronavirus concerns.

Guidance from Public Health England states that stockpiling can put a strain on the supply chain and exacerbate any potential shortages.

General practices have been asked to consider putting all suitable patients on electronic repeat dispensing as their next repeat prescriptions are issued. The whole repeatable prescription can be valid for a year, but each repeat should be for no longer than the patient has now. For example, if the patient has prescriptions for a month’s supply now, then the repeat dispensing should be set up as 13 x 28 days supply.  

PHE has issued coronavirus guidance for residential settings.

Additional advice is available from Health Protection Scotland.  

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