Medicines in pregnancy and patient safety

19th February 2018

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
    • A step by step guide to follow and top tips for dispensing valproate products
  • Reducing harm from medicines in pregnancy
    • A short factsheet for pharmacy teams, including a list of medicines which carry risk when handled/used in pregnancy
  • 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