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NEWS


NICE RESOURCE ON BIOSIMILARS


Publication of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) resource to help support the appropriate introduction of biosimilar versions of infliximab into the NHS has been welcomed.


As originator biologics come off patent and more biosimilar medicines become available, it is important that those with responsibility for prescribing, administering, supplying and monitoring all biological medicines are given appropriate information and support.


This will help make the most of the opportunity provided by a more competitive marketplace for biological medicines, including biosimilar medicines.


The NICE implementation resource points out that there are a number of specific considerations related to the more widespread introduction of biosimilars.


Brand name prescribing is particularly important for all biological medicines to ensure that patients receive the medicine their clinician intended.


Recording brand name and batch number also makes certain that any adverse reactions can be traced back to the correct manufacturer and batch, which is vital for patient safety.


The case studies provided in the NICE resource are a helpful illustration of the approach being taken to the introduction of biosimilar medicines in some areas.


As evidence collected through clinical practice evolves, best practice can be developed to help inform activity across the NHS.


The Association of Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) said, “Treatment decisions should be made first on the basis of clinical judgement for individual patients and secondly on the basis of the overall value proposition offered by individual medicines.


The ABPI firmly supports NICE's position paper on biosimilar medicines which states, "the decision regarding the choice of biosimilar or originator biologic for an individual patient rests with the responsible clinician in consultation with the patient.”


22 pharmacyinfocus.co.uk Closer working on the Agenda


RADICAL PROPOSALS CONCERNING HOW COMMUNITY PHARMACY AND GENERAL PRACTICE COULD WORK BETTER TOGETHER HAVE BEEN JOINTLY ANNOUNCED BY THE ROYAL PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PRIMARY CARE.


The two organisations believe the current pressures in primary care access, coupled with increasing demand and the squeeze on finances mean the time is right to think differently about how NHS primary care provision could better meet the needs of patients and the public.


The proposals include: • To develop potential schemes and programmes that could increase collaboration between general practitioners and community pharmacists including:


• To consider community pharmacy as an NHS access point for minor self- limiting conditions


• To make sure pharmacists and GP’s prioritise support patients at high risk of a serious health problem, such as frail older people or those with multiple long term conditions


• To encourage patient lead access to health records by community pharmacy


• To use the opportunity of pharmacists directly employed by general practice to link in with community pharmacy


• To develop an underlying approach that aligns financial incentives for community pharmacies and general practices to work together, a new "Joint Population Health Framework"


Ash Soni RPS President and NAPC Board member says, “For too long community pharmacy has been straightjacketed with a top down contract that doesn’t allow practitioners like me to redesign our local services in line with the population’s needs. It’s time to end the one size fits all approach and allow services be designed around the needs of patients and the public rather than healthcare providers.


“Working with the NAPC we are suggesting that there is a different way of approaching healthcare, where skills and access are designed to meet


patient demand. The NHS is looking for new models of care, I believe that we can either be part of the change and look to an enhanced role or stay as we are and risk being marginalised. More importantly the NHS will miss an opportunity to re- purpose resources which lead to better healthcare services to the public.”


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) are listening to stakeholders from across pharmacy, general practice, the wider NHS and, most importantly, people who use and rely on the NHS, to consider how better integration of the roles of the community pharmacist and general practitioner can improve patient care. The consultation closes on 9th October 2015.


UCA Local: Information & Training


UCA IS HOLDING LOCAL MEETINGS IN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER WHERE UCA MEMBERS AND THEIR PHARMACISTS CAN DISCUSS HEALTH & BUSINESS ISSUES IN THEIR REGION. INFORMATION CHAMPIONS FROM AGE NI WILL ALSO BE ON HAND TO RAISE AWARENESS OF WHAT THIS FANTASTIC CHARITY CAN DO FOR OLDER PEOPLE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, HOW PHARMACY STAFF CAN SIGNPOST PATIENTS OR CARERS.


The CPD talk, supported by an education grant from Pfizer, and delivered by expert pharmacists, will be on Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke.


Dates & Venues: • BelfastWed 9th September Wellington Park Hotel


• WesternWed 16th September Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh


• SouthernWed 30th September Seagoe Hotel, Portadown


• South-Eastern Tue 20th October Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch


• Northern TBC


Pharmacists in the South-Eastern area are also invited to a multi- disciplinary meeting on 9th Sept at the Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch.


Arranged by the Hospital Respiratory Team, the focus is on taking an integrated approach to ‘Respiratory Patient Reviews – Optimising Communication in the Community


AUTO-ENROLMENT PENSIONS Most of you will have received your letter from the Pensions Regulator


giving your staging date for the


introduction of auto-enrolment pensions for your employees.


All employers have to comply with this legislation regardless of number of employees.


To provide members understand with facts about auto-enrolment as well as help you navigate your business through auto-enrolment, UCA has invited two companies to hold information evenings for members.


M&D Financial will present to members in Cookstown on 7th October and Kerr Henderson will present in Belfast on 22nd October.


Book your place as soon as possible by emailing info@uca.org.uk.


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