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Portsmouth City Council, on behalf of Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group
Corporate Information Governance Team

Customer Community & Democratic Service

Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AL
Telephone: 023 9268 8482
Email: ccgfoi@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

 

 

 

Reference number: CCG2015051
Dear Margaret McCartney

 

Thank you for your e-mail of 31 March 2015, requesting information concerning medicines management, which has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

In accordance with the Act, I confirm the information you are seeking is held and the following response is issued on behalf of NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group.

 

Your request

Further to my FOI request, (CCG2015049)

you have said that you have used individuals funded by the pharmaceutical industry to optimise medicines management.

 

Could you please tell me

– when this was

-who was employed

-who the pharmaceutical company was

-what tasks in medicines management they did, and to what purpose

-whether they had access to GP or pharmacists records

 

 

Our response

We have information on two specific projects where funding from the pharmaceutical industry has been used to fund individuals or individuals working in our area in order to change or optimise medicines management.

 

One of these initiative was not technically around use of medicines but has been included for completeness.

 

Initiative 1 – review of stoma patients to optimise their care

 

When this was: Started June 2014 – ongoing

 

Who was employed: Nurses employed by Salts Medilink

 

Who the pharmaceutical company was: Salts

 

What tasks in medicines management they did, and to what purpose: Face to face review with patients to optimise current stoma care

 

Whether they had access to GP or pharmacists records: No.  Patients prescribed stoma products are identified in the surgery and receive a letter inviting them to contact the nurse for the review

 

Initiative 2 .  Clinical reviews with interface Clinical  Services

 

When this was: Osteoporosis work which started 2013 and is nearly completed. Atrial Fibrillation (AF) work which started 2014 and is still ongoing

 

Who was employed: Pharmacists working for Interface clinical Services

 

Who the pharmaceutical company was: Osteoporosis – funded by ProStraken/AF- Funded by Bayer

 

What tasks in medicines management they did, and to what purpose: For a description of the work follow this link  http://www.interface-cs.co.uk/

 

Whether they had access to GP or pharmacists records: Pharmacists working for ICS were given access to patients records by those practices that took on the service. Patient specific data was not shared with the funding company

 

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Initiative 1 – review of stoma patients to optimise their care

 

When this was: Started June 2014 – ongoing

 

Who was employed: Nurses employed by Salts Medilink

 

Who the pharmaceutical company was: Salts

 

What tasks in medicines management they did, and to what purpose: Face to face review with patients to optimise current stoma care

 

Whether they had access to GP or pharmacists records: No.  Patients prescribed stoma products are identified in the surgery and receive a letter inviting them to contact the nurse for the review

 

Dear Margaret McCartney

 

 

Freedom of Information Request –  Funding From Pharmaceutical Industry

 

 

I am writing to confirm that Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group has now completed its search for the information which you requested on 27 March 2015.

 

You asked:  whether your CCG, or individual practices responsible to your CCG, have used, in full or part, funding from the pharmaceutical industry to fund any individuals or individuals working in your area in order to change or optimize medicines management.  You clarified that you require this information dating back fifteen years.

 

Our response:  In 2009 the former Primary Care Trust allowed ProStrakan plc to use its own pharmacists to review calcium and vitamin D supplementation in patients with osteoporosis.  There has been no other occurrence before or since.

 

We hope this information is helpful.  However, if you are dissatisfied with this response or the way in which your request was handled, please contact:

 

Complaints Manager

Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group

4th Floor

Lanchester House

Trafalgar Place

Brighton

BN1 4FU

 

 

 

From: FOI (NHS BRIGHTON AND HOVE CCG) [mailto:BHCCG.FOI@nhs.net]
Sent: 08 April 2015 14:16
To: Margaret McCartney
Subject: RE: FOI request – 547

 

Dear Margaret McCartney

 

The pharmacist working on behalf of the pharmaceutical company ran a search of those with a diagnosis of osteoporosis, which generated a list of NHS numbers.  This was cross checked against a search of medicines  – which also gave results as NHS numbers.  If there was no match between those diagnosed and those prescribed calcium and vitamin D, those NHS numbers were passed to the GP to review to see whether calcium and vitamin D should be prescribed.

 

The access to the full record to investigate why calcium and vitamin D was not on patients’ repeat prescriptions was made by the practice.  The pharmacist did not have access to the full medical record, but did have access to the medicines list.

 

I hope this answers your question.

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