Pregabalin guidance

Pregabalin is predominantly used in the treatment of epilepsy and for anxiety disorders. It can be misused either through overuse of the prescribed amount, or through recreational use. In the last few years, there has been a marked increase in the number of people being prescribed Pregabalin and sadly the number of deaths caused by … Continue reading Pregabalin guidance

Safer modification of food and drink

In June 2018, NHS improvement, the British Dietetic Association and the Royal College of Speech and Language therapists issued a Patient Safety Alert regarding the use of food thickening (or texture modifying) products for people with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia). There have been a number of incidents reported to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) … Continue reading Safer modification of food and drink

Valproate safety

Valproate medicines are used in the treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorder and occasionally to prevent migraine headaches. If taken during pregnancy, there is a significant risk that babies may be born with birth defects. Women and girls using valproate medicines must now be protected by a Pregnancy Prevention Programme, which brings valproate in line with other … Continue reading Valproate safety