Letter from Joe Brogan – 1st April 2020
ADDITIONS TO PALLIATIVE CARE STOCK LIST
HSCB has agreed a list of medicines and quantities (Appendix 1) to be added to the routine stock holding in all CP Network and Supply pharmacies with
immediate effect. The list of first and second line choices has been agreed with input from Trust Palliative Care Pharmacists regionally and anticipates needs of
COVID patients and other palliative /end of life scenarios.
Please note choices are oral and topical formulations in order to conserve injectables. We are also aware GPs may contact you ordering large quantities
of CDs on stock in anticipation of pandemic. Communication is imminent discouraging stock piling (either in pharmacies or by prescribers) so as clinically
appropriate medicines are available via normal supply routes when needed. It is pivotal that we have a co-ordinated approach to this to ensure we have the
stock in accessible places, so as patients have the meds they need, at the right time
HSCB are liaising daily with local wholesalers regarding stock availability and are aware a small number of products on the attached list are currently short
but will return to the supply chain. Further guidance/additions will be communicated as required.