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.
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 .
Prescribers are reminded NOT to substitute newer oral anti-coagulant drugs (NOACs) for warfarin in patients with mechanical heart valves under any circumstance because of the risk of thromboembolic and bleeding events, regardless of the length of time since the replacement.
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 Out of date stock CD’s should be destroyed appropriately in the presence of an authorised witness.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.
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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.