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98 The Diamorphine Shortage: an Audit of a Local Crisis Management Strategy Demonstrating its Impact on Prescribing Practice, Drug Costs and Drug Errors
  1. Dr Corinna Midgley, Consultant in Palliative and
  2. Dr Mursheda Chowdhury, Staff Grade Doctor
  1. Saint Francis Hospice, Romford
  2. St Michael’s Hospice, St Leonards-on-Sea

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In March 2005, our hospice inpatient unit and surrounding community areas began to feel the effects of a national shortage of our most well used injectable opioid, i.e. diamorphine. Our response was initially, loosely, to guide inpatient and outpatient prescribers as national advice came through. As the shortage deepened, it became clear that we needed to develop …

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