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.

Medicine Matters – Spring 2019

Medicine Matters – Spring 2019 This issue includes: Improving diagnosis and management of UTIs in older people in Care Homes Controlled Drug Legislation changes April 2019 Lessons Learnt: Insulin Administration

Valproate Use in Women & Girls with Childbearing Potential – Pragmatic Guide

Experts from 13 national bodies, including seven Royal Colleges, have joined forces to publish practical guidance to support doctors and other health professionals providing care for women and girls in their reproductive years who may be prescribed valproate. The ‘pan-College’ advice is based on 2018 regulations issued by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) around the Continue Reading »

Unlicensed Liquid Medicines for Children – use of non-standard strengths

Analysis of prescribing of unlicensed liquid medicines for children across NECS-linked CCGs in the North of England has revealed considerable use of ‘non-standard‘ strengths – i.e. strengths other than those recommended by the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (RCPCH) and the Neonatal & Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG). The table below lists the ten unlicensed liquid medicines most Continue Reading »