Ferring’s Pentasa Support Programme
The Pentasa Support Programme (PSP) is a service provided by Ferring to help patients get the most out of taking their mesalazine and in managing their ulcerative colitis. Community pharmacy is ideally placed to ensure that patients are aware of the programme and have the opportunity to register for support if they wish.
Ferring have agreed to fund pharmacy teams who successfully register patients on to the programme.
Any patient who receives a prescription for Pentasa (Pentasa Prescribing Information 2014) is eligible to be registered with the PSP. Any member of staff who the Responsible Pharmacist decides is competent can deliver this service. If a patient presents a prescription for Mesalazine staff are to explain:
- Service to support the patient in getting the most from their treatment.
- Support to help them with lifestyle changes that will make managing their disease easier.
- This support is free.
- To access the support the patient will need to consent to information (name, address etc.) being shared, to allow for administration of the scheme. Verbal consent can be obtained over the telephone for patients who get their prescription delivered.
For more information on the programme read the Pentasa Pharmacy Guide.