March 24th 2022

How to prevent unaccounted-for losses of controlled drugs Harold Shipman, known as Britain’s most prolific serial killer, was successful in diverting a large quantity of controlled drugs (CDs) for his own criminal purposes. The subsequent enquiry against him highlighted major limitations in the information available to audit the prescribing and supply of controlled drugs. This…

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March 24th 2022

Ashtons provides a wide range of training courses including e-learning and clinical training seminars. You can now choose from these 12 clinical training seminars: Anaphylaxis Cannabis Oil Controlled Drugs for Hospices Drug Interactions for Hospices End-of-life Care for People with Parkinson’s Disease Management of Diabetes Towards the End of Life Managing Oral Problems in Palliative…

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September 21st 2021

Ashtons provides a wide range of training courses, including e-learning and clinical training seminars. You can now choose from these 12 clinical training seminars: Anaphylaxis Cannabis oil Controlled drugs for hospices Drug interactions for hospices NEW End-of-life care for people with Parkinson’s disease NEW Management of diabetes towards the end of life Managing oral problems…

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January 18th 2021

We have had some interesting queries over the past few months which have required some time to answer in full. We also had some feedback from previous queries which we respond to below. All our visiting pharmacists are there to respond to your queries and if they can’t answer the question on the spot, we…

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January 18th 2021

Who issues medication safety alerts? The Medicines Healthcare Products and Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is responsible for issuing medication and medical device safety alerts. How are these communicated? This autumn, the way the MHRA communicates safety alerts is changing. All medication safety and critical alerts that need to be actioned by healthcare organisations will be issued…

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September 1st 2020

Motilin is a naturally occurring hormone secreted by the small intestine. It increases gastro-intestinal motility and peristalsis and accelerates gastric emptying. It functions mainly between meals and in doing so prepares the gut for the next meal. Erythromycin happens to be a motilin agonist – working in the same way as the hormone – so can be used when metoclopramide or other prokinetics are unsuitable. It is effective in about half of cases, and concerns about the development of bacterial resistance…

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September 1st 2020

The pandemic has made it difficult for hospices to arrange training and there has been less demand for Ashtons pharmacists to present seminars at sites. Consequently, Ashtons is now able to make seminar presentations available via online platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, meaning that all available staff with online access can participate in the training, without having to meet up in a room together…

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