ernatives' has recently been launched in Birmingham by Lord Phillip Hunt, Chair of the National Patient Safety Agency. Prof. Abdul Rashid Gatrad and Prof. Aziz Sheikh have worked in conjunction worked with HealthGains Solutions on behalf of the MCB to produce the booklet for healthcare professionals.
Also on the working team to produce the booklet were Dr Joseph Spitzer and Rabbi Abraham Adler, representing the Jewish community.
The booklet is for professional use and will be distributed in bulk to healthcare professionals in conjunction with the MCB. Patient versions of the booklet are in preparation and will be available in a range of languages.
The Medicines Partnership agency is considering a national day on this issue in their forthcoming 'Ask about Medicines Week'. Professors Gatrad and Sheikh are looking at ways of introducing changes in the British National Formulary to ensure that all prescribers are aware of the importance of respecting religious and cultural beliefs.