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2021

  • August
    • Gabapentinoid and diuretic prescribing cascade
    • Medication Safety Minutes
    • Healthcare professionals’ awareness of Pregnancy Prevention Programme for sodium valproate (Epilim®) in Ireland
    • Update to Antibiotic Prescribing website
    • Health Products Regulatory Authority Updates
  • July
    • Persistence with oral bisphosphonates and denosumab among older adults in primary care in Ireland;
    • NMIC useful medicines information resources webpage update
    • Poisoning related to medication errors with low-dose methotrexate
    • Potentially inappropriate prescribing in people in the community with chronic kidney disease
    • COVID-19 vaccine

  • June: 
    • Use of oral anticoagulants in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation
    • Postural hypotension
    • Recent Medication Safety Minutes
    • Recent Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) clinical guide
    • Health Products Regulatory Authority update regarding Vaxzevria®
    • Useful information and resources on COVID-19 vaccinations

  • May: 
    • Trends in strong opioid prescribing in Ireland
    • Pharmacist-led interventions to reduce adverse drug events in older people living in residential care facilities
    • Use of aspirin to prevent pre-eclampsia
    • HPRA Drug Safety Newsletter April 2021
    • Updated Guidelines
    • Further NMIC learning module on HSeLanD!

  • April: 
    • Drug-related deaths in European Hospitals
    • Comparison of interventions for reducing symptoms of depression in people with dementia
    • Bisphosphonate holidays
    • Recent Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) clinical guides
    • Reminder about CPD modules
    • Useful information and resources on COVID-19 vaccinations

  • March: 
    • Potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) in middle-aged adults
    • Medicines Management Programme (MMP) updates
    • Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) Drug Safety Newsletter
    • Interventions in an ambulatory setting to prevent progression to severe disease in patients with COVID-19
    • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for musculoskeletal pain
    • Prescribing and sustainability - Irish Doctors for the Environment (IDE)
    • Useful information and resources on COVID-19 vaccines
    • NMIC bulletin on direct oral anticoagulants
    • Recent Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) clinical guide

  • February: 
    • Ten helpful hints to increase pharmacotherapy safety
    • Medicines Management Programme (MMP) Updates
    • Useful Information and Resources on COVID-19 vaccinations
    • Sodium-glucose contransporter protein-2 inhibitors (SGLT-2i) and glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1ra) for type 2 diabetes
    • Two NMIC learning modules on Drug Interactions are on HSELanD!

  • January: 
    • Discontinuation of oral anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation and risk of ischaemic stroke
    • HPRA Drug Safety newsletter 100th Edition!
    • Contraceptive use and fertility
    • Use of Z-drugs in people living with dementia
    • Resources available on COVID-19 vaccine

2020

  • December
    • Thank you very much 
    • Publication of NMIC bulletins on Drug Interactions
    • Prescribing cascade: calcium channel blockers and diuretics in older adults with hypertension
    • Recent Irish College of General Practitioners clinical guides
    • Updated Flipbook of Medication Safety Minutes
    • Update to Antibiotic Prescribing website
    • Contraception Guidelines
    • Correction in Management of Osteoporosis Bulletin 2020

  • November
    • Pregnancy prevention and pregnancies in women prescribed ACE inhibitors or ARBs
    • Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) Drug Safety Newsletter September 2020
    • UK Hormone Replacement Therapy Recommendations 2020
    • Cervical cancer and HPV vaccine
    • Medicines Management Programme (MMP) Updates
    • Further NMIC learning module on HSeLanD

  • October
    • Exciting NMIC initiative on HSeLanDRecent Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) clinical guide
    • Hormone replacement therapy - recent shortages
    • COVID-19 and medicines
    • Deprescribing in older people

  • September
    • Hormonal replacement therapy and breast cancer risk
    • Medication incidents reported in Irish acute hospitals
    • Bisphosphonates - atypical femur fracture risk versus fragility fracture prevention
    • Barriers and facilitators to deprescribing in primary care
    • ***Final reminder of changes to NMIC publications – your action is required***

  • August
    • Appropriate prescribing of Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs)
    • Preferred statin
    • Management of common symptoms in pregnancy
    • Recent Irish College of General Practitioners Clinical Guides

  • July
    • Exciting change to NMIC publications – your action is required
    • Persistence of potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) in older people
    • Recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC)

  • June
    • Reducing the risk of gastrointestinal adverse effects by NSAIDs
    • Risk of major bleeding with direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) and interacting drugs
    • HPRA Drug Safety Newsletter May 2020.

  • May
    • Use of injectable steroids for hay fever
    • Pregabalin and gabapentin
    • Teratogenicity of valproate-containing medicines (Epilim▼)

  • April
    • Updates on COVID-19 and medicines

  • March
    • Tailored regimens for combined hormonal contraception (CHC)
    • Preventable adverse drug events (ADE)
    • Prescribing cascades

  • February
    • Decreased renal function and oral anticoagulants (OAC)
    • Information on novel coronavirus
    • Pregabalin related poisoning deaths in Ireland
    • Prescribing in pregnancy
  • January
    • A reminder of the high teratogenic risk associated with valproate (Epilim®)
    • Methotrexate – new measures to avoid medication errors
    • National Clinical Guideline on psychotropic medication in patients with dementia
    • Patient knowledge of potential interactions between OTC products and apixaban.