Medicines Optimisation: Helping patients to make the most of medicines. Good practice guidance for healthcare professionals in England – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – May 2013

Posted on May 14, 2013. Filed under: Pharmacy | Tags: |

Medicines Optimisation: Helping patients to make the most of medicines. Good practice guidance for healthcare professionals in England – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – May 2013

News release 

“The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is calling on all care professionals to provide more help for patients with their medicines to improve outcomes and avoid medicines waste.

The Society has today published Medicines Optimisation: helping patients make the most of medicines, providing four guiding principles to help front-line professionals in England support patients to improve their quality of life and outcomes from better use of medicines.

Developed with health professionals, patients, lay representatives and patient groups, the principles are endorsed by NHS England, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of NHS England, said:
“This important document represents a collaboration between patients and the health professionals that care for them. It sets out four simple but important principles of “medicines optimisation” that could revolutionise medicines use and outcomes:

aim to understand the patient’s experience
make sure choice of medicine is made on the best available evidence
ensure medicines use is as safe as possible
make medicines optimisation part of routine practice

I would encourage everyone to adopt these principles whether prescribing, dispensing, administering or taking medicines.”

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