The NPA has developed a suite of patient safety resources, intended to raise the awareness of the risks of valproate and other medicines used during pregnancy amongst the pharmacy team and patients – the new resources include:
Valproate dispensing guidance and checklist
Children exposed to valproate during pregnancy have:
Valproate dispensing checklist:
Have other therapies been used to treat the patient’s condition?
Reducing harm from medicines in pregnancy
A short fact sheet is available for pharmacy teams and includes a list of medicines which carry risk when handled/used in pregnancy. It explains that pharmacy teams should be able to:
Medicines in pregnancy poster
A poster to be displayed to patients designed to encourage patients to ask the pharmacist before taking any medicines during pregnancy or if they are planning to conceive.
For more information visit the NPA website.