MUS Webinar – Unlicensed medicines: Stories from COVID and tips for the future


22 September 2020  13.00 – 14.00

During the Covid emergency, unlicensed and other imported medicines were used as substitutes for critical care licensed medicines to maintain a robust supply. The quality of unlicensed medicines cannot be assumed to be equivalent to UK licensed medicines and differences in presentation, packaging and labelling may introduce new risks in clinical practice.

This webinar will share some examples, highlight the challenges and identify some key learning points. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss the purchase and supply of unlicensed medicines with Regional Quality Assurance specialists.

Speakers/Q&A panel:

Mark Jackson (Regional QA Pharmacist NW),
Linda Hardy (Regional QA Pharmacist Y&H),
Tim Root (SPS),
Lesley McAvoy & Sharon Jackson (QA Specialists NW),
Paul Turton (Medicines Assurance Manager Y&H),
Nicola Wake (MUS, SPS)

Attendees need to pre-register for the event using the link below. You can do this now.

Registration address for attendees: HERE
(If you experience difficulties with this link, try copying and pasting into Chrome or another browser).

In order to streamline the registration process, all registrations will be approved but on the day of the event, access will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration Information:
Registration ID required: Yes
Approval required: Yes
Registration will close 1 hour before the webinar begins.

ON THE DAY You can dial-in, listen through headphones or through your computer.

Call-in toll number 0203-478-5289
Event number: 163 868 4664
Event password: BgxJkb47Ss8

If the webinar is full Once all our attendee places are filled you will receive a message saying it is full. Do not despair! You can still dial in on 0203 478 5289 and use the event number/access code 163 868 4664 to hear the narrative; a pdf of the presentation will be available below.

If you want to ask a question, please email it to me and I’ll copy it into the chat box to be answered at the end of the presentation.

If you are unable to join in on the day, the webinar will be recorded and available on this page a couple of days after the event.

To view the type of rich media files in the meeting, please check whether you have the players installed on your computer by going to

Best regards

Sue Overton
Medicines Use and Safety

Kind regards
The Specialist Pharmacy Service

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