New Guidance To Help Avoid Medicines Waste

06-05-13(1)picNursing staff and other health professionals are being urged to provide more help for patients with their medicines to improve outcomes and avoid medicines waste.

Medicines Optimisation: Helping Patients Make the Most of Medicines, published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing, provides 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.

Shilpa Gohil – “As care shifts towards primary care prevention, unprecedented economic challenges combined with problems around medicines waste”

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.”

Shilpa Gohil, chair of RPS England said: “As care shifts towards primary care prevention, unprecedented economic challenges combined with problems around medicines waste, adherence and safety mean that medicines optimisation is now essential to good patient care and the effective use of NHS resources.

“The primary aim of medicines optimisation is maximising value; the value that a patient derives from their medicines and the value resulting from the £13.8bn spent on medicines by the NHS in England every year.

“Medicines optimisation will require health professionals to work across boundaries to individualise care and work in partnership with each other and patients to secure better outcomes and drive improved adherence.”

 

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