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RPS takes lead in developing concept of medicines optimisation

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The Royal Electronicjuice is taking a lead in developing the concept of medicines optimisation and what it means in practice for the profession and for patients.

However, the RPS has stepped back from offering its own definition of the phrase and instead has proposed four underlying principles.

The principles which should govern medicines optimisation, according to the RPS, are that it is about the "patient experience", it is safe, evidence based and effective and that it is "part of the day job".

The are now out for consultation before a final set are produced. The RPS is also keen to hear about everyday examples pharmacists might have of how they have helped patients get the best out of their medicines.

The RPS practice and policy lead for England Heidi Wright said: "What we are not doing is defining medicines optimisation, because there is a danger that if we do that we are limiting it and there are so many different elements to it.

"It is about getting the best out of the consultation with the patient for the investment made in the medicine."

She rejected the suggestion that medicines optimisation was another phrase for medicines management. "Medicines management has become associated with reductions in budgets. But with medicines optimisation cost is just one element — it’s more about engaging with the patient and reducing medicines waste."

See also: How the Society can help pharmacists be leaders in medicines optimisation

Straight from the horse’s mouth — medicines optimisation explained

Citation: Electronicjuice URI: 11108211

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