Methotrexate Patient Safety Info

Methotrexate Patient Safety Info

February 21, 2018

 Improving compliance with oral methotrexate guidelines

This NPSA alert was originally issued in 2006 and of course pharmacists and their teams are aware that they need to exercise caution when dispensing methotrexate and to ensure patients understand their therapy.

 

We have been asked by the CCG meds optimisation team to send a message to our community pharmacies to highlight the need for constant vigilance.

As well as the professional guidelines in 2006, the NPSA also issued a patient briefing  – although 13 years old, much of the information is still relevant today and you may find it useful to read through it now.  NPSA highlight the physical differences between 2.5mg and 10mg tablets and urge patients to check their tablets and to ensure that they recognise the tablet.

The Staffordshire Area Prescribing Group will be considering whether to limit prescribing to 2.5mg tablets but until such time as a decision is made……

Can we ask that pharmacists are extra vigilant when dispensing methotrexate.  Please ensure that it is clear whether 2.5mg OR 10mg tablets are required and the correct strength is dispensed.  Also that patients are clear on what their weekly dose is.

You may also be interested in this patient leaflet from Arthritis Research UK Methotrexate 2247 15-1

 




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