ARCHIVED**7/7/20 Letter from Joe Brogan / Margaret O’Brien- 3rd April 2020

To protect the medicines’ supply chain, GPs are requested not to stock pile medicines, in particular Controlled Drugs or other end of life medicines.

Increased stock of medicines held by palliative care pharmacies

The Community Pharmacist Palliative Care Network and the Palliative Care Supply Service pharmacies provide access during normal opening hours to a range of palliative care medicines. The full list is available at: 0april%202020.pdf 

More information on this service and pharmacies with stock can be found via the link: 

Arrangements have been put in place to increase the stock of medicines held by the palliative care pharmacies to include more oral, transdermal and rectal medication.


Additional measures agreed include the following:

  • Anticipatory stock medication is being provided to larger Nursing homes (>59 beds) that can be used immediately with direction from a prescriber to do so.

  • It is expected that these Nursing Home Pandemic Packs will be assembled centrally and distributed next week for receipt by Friday 10th April.

  • The quantity of medicines stocked by OOH and COVID centres is being reviewed and increased if appropriate to allow timely access to palliative/end of life care if normal supply routes are unavailable.

    Further information including guidance for patients still receiving active management of COVID and also regional guidance on the management of last few days of life will be posted on Palliative Care in Partnership website early next week