Welcome to the Medicines Optimisation website

This website is maintained by North of England Commissioning Support Medicines Optimisation Team and contains medicines information guidelines and resources to support safe, effective and good value medicines use in primary care in North East and Cumbria CCGs.

National Medicines Optimisation Dashboard

In 2014 NHS England launched its Medicines Optimisation Dashboard to help inform local discussions about how to improve patient outcomes and get better value from our medicines spend. Since then it has been evaluated and modified based on what commissioners, prescribers and other healthcare providers want to see. This dashboard has now been revised .

Controlled drugs stolen from Sunderland pharmacy

A pharmacy was broken into in Sunderland earlier this week where a large supply of controlled drugs were stolen including:

1,000 MST Continus, 900 Zomorph
560 codeine tablets
30 boxes of pregablin
500 fentanyl patches
800 methylphenidate tablets
104 OxyContin tablets, 300 Longtec tablets
4,800ml methadone solution

It is therefore advisable that all pharmacy staff remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity that could be considered preparatory acts by criminals targeting pharmacies to the police. Keep CD stock to a minimum and dispose of patient returned CD’s as soon as possible. Out of date stock CD’s should be destroyed appropriately in the presence of an authorised witness. Where there is no company authorised witness please contact the Medicines Optimisation Team who will arrange authorised witnessed destruction.


Controlled Drugs: Learning from Incidents November 2016

Issue 5 of the bulletin:  Controlled Drugs: Learning from Incidents, produced by NECS on behalf of NHS England covers:

  • Prescribing and supply of controlled drugs
  • Advice to Community Pharmacies re the delivery of medicine
  • Advice for practices re the security of controlled drug prescriptions
  • NICE Guideline NG46: The safe use and management of controlled drugs

This and previous issues can be found on the NECS Medicines Optimisation website.

New briefing document added to website

New post on NECS MO website
NICE NG 56 – Multimorbidity: clinical assessment and management – a briefing document
The guideline itself covers optimising care for adults with multi-morbidity (multiple long-term conditions) by reducing treatment burden (poly-pharmacy and multiple appointments) and unplanned care.