The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched a set of briefings describing how you can encourage patients with specific conditions to get the most out of their medicines. Here, you can find articles describing the briefings and everything else The Pharmaceutical Journal has to offer about Medicines optimisation.
Nearly £18m could be saved from the NHS drugs budget if more medicines from a published list were prescribed generically, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) has said.
Working on areas of healthcare where there is true innovation and value can be challenging but is also rewarding, says Jas Khambh.
Helping patients to make sense of a serious and complex long-term condition is the most interesting part of my role, says Rocco Hadland.
A pilot study has found that medicines optimisation by community pharmacists has the potential to save clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) thousands of pounds.
The 100,000 Genome Project is driving the move from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to treatment, towards personalised, or precision, medicine. Genetic information is also being used by pharmaceutical companies to help speed up drug discovery and development, and reduce the associated costs. Pharmacists will have an important role to play when genomic medicine goes mainstream.
The opportunities for pharmacists within the community services sector are huge, says James Andrews.
Community pharmacists are well placed to assist in the early identification of dementia, as well as to help patients to manage their medicines. However, a wider role for pharmacists, for example, conducting medicines reviews in patients’ homes, will depend on how their clinical role develops.
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