GPhC Valproate Update October 2022

Published on: 9th November 2022 | Updated on: 20th September 2023


Particular recommendations for community pharmacy from GPhC:
Our inspectors check the pharmacy team are following the requirements of the Pregnancy Prevention Programme compliance. Pharmacies should:

  • ensure a system is in place in the pharmacy to flag people who are at risk to make sure they are provided with the right information
  • make sure people at risk have a PPP in place and understand the risks, and refer to local contraceptive services if appropriate
  • refer people who have not had a review within the last 12 months to their GP or specialist and know who to contact if their circumstances change
  • record referrals and information provided on the patient medication record

Find out more in this example of notable practice on supporting people taking valproate from our Knowledge Hub.