Time sensitive medicines are those that need to be given or taken at a specific time.

Staff should always check the pharmacy label for further instructions regarding time intervals between doses and administration in relation to food.

A delay in receiving the dose or omission of the dose may lead to serious patient harm.

Common examples include:

  • medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • medicines for Osteoporosis
  • medicines that contain paracetamol
  • medicines that need to be given before or after food
  • antibiotics

Staff should be able to prioritise visits to meet the needs of people who need support for time-sensitive medicines.

Providers should always ensure they keep a record of responses from prescribers about queries to medicines.

Further guidance

Time sensitive medicines | Care Quality Commission (cqc.org.uk)

Recommendations | Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community | Guidance | NICE

Providers can also refer to the Kirklees Good Practice Medication Guidance for 'Medicine roles not normally undertaken by contracted providers' for medicines that use specialist or 'invasive' techniques.

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