Medicines optimisation looks at how patients use medicines over time. It may involve stopping some medicines as well as starting others, and considers opportunities for lifestyle changes and non medical therapies to reduce the need for medicines. By improving safety, adherence to treatment and reducing waste the medicines optimisation approach will help to ensure that by working together we support patients to get the best outcomes from their medicines.
Medicines optimisation is about ensuring that the right patients get the right choice of medicine, at the right time. By focusing on patients and their experiences, the goal is to help patients to:
- Improve their outcomes
- take their medicines correctly
- avoid taking unnecessary medicines
- reduce wastage of medicines; and improve medicines safety.
Ultimately medicines optimisation can help encourage patients to take ownership of their treatment.
Medicines optimisation differs from medicines management in a number of ways but most importantly it focuses on outcomes and patients rather than process and systems. This focus on improved outcomes for patients is likely to help ensure that patients and the NHS get better value from the investment in medicines.
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