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Summarised recommendations and guidance for drugs requiring monitoring to save you time when you're making monitoring decisions with patients

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Higher temperatures increase risks to safe vaccine use and storage. To minimise effects: control ambient temperature, assess risks, and mitigate against them.
All our advice on using medicines safely and effectively in patients with swallowing difficulties
This article explains how the source of vitamin D, or the inactive ingredients (excipients), may make preparations unsuitable for vegetarians or vegans.
Local decision makers should choose between the options for giving vancomycin orally. Licensing status and other factors affect decision making.
Prescribers may need to choose a safe antidepressant in people with CHD. We guide on available options. We do not cover management of complex depression.
Good medicines governance will ensure safe and secure handling. Sites should consider both general principles and the characteristics of each vaccine.
Maintaining the cold chain is vital to ensure vaccine efficacy. Excursions should be investigated appropriately, causes identified, and corrective action taken.
COVID-19 vaccines have different handling and dosing requirements. Sites need to plan to reduce the risk of errors where multiple vaccines are available.
Prior allergy and religious or other dietary requirements could occasionally affect suitability for vaccination, and patients will often have questions.
Guidance on preparing and administering common to all available COVID-19 vaccines, and specific to individual vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccines

Resources covering pharmaceutical aspects of the vaccination programme common to all COVID-19 vaccines
Resources covering pharmaceutical aspects of the vaccination programme specific to COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech
Resources covering pharmaceutical aspects of the vaccination programme specific to COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
Resources covering pharmaceutical aspects of the vaccination programme specific to COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna
Resources covering pharmaceutical aspects of the vaccination programme specific to COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen
19 August 2021Summary of this webinar series This is a pilot series of five webinars, aiming to connect specialist pharmacists with primary care pharmacy staff in an…
16 September 2021The UKMi annual conference is aimed at pharmacy professionals and other healthcare professionals working within the speciality of Medicines Information in NHS Trusts How to…