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.

Valproate – NICE guidance summary

NICE have published a summary of guidance and safety advice on use of valproate in children, young people and adults – including updated recommendations on prescribing for women or girls with childbearing potential: Do not prescribe valproate for any condition, unless there is no other effective or tolerated treatment available, and only if the terms of the pregnancy Continue Reading »

TARGET Antibiotic Toolkit – Refreshed Patient Leaflets

The RCGP TARGET [Treat Antibiotics Responsibly, Guidance, Education & Tools ] Antibiotic Toolkit has been refreshed and updated in recent months. The updated toolkit now includes a comprehensive guide to the available resources with advice and tips on using them in practice. Among the refreshed resources are: new versions of the Treating Your Infection – Respiratory Tract Infection Continue Reading »

Unlicensed Medicines for Children – Use Standard Strengths

The Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists’ Group (NPPG) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) have issued a joint statement on using standardised strengths of unlicensed liquid medicines in children. The two bodies strongly recommend that when children require unlicensed liquid medications, they should receive the RCPCH- and NPPG- recommended strength, where one exists. There are currently 17 Continue Reading »

NICE Key Therapeutic Topics – 2019 Update

NICE have updated and revised several Key Therapeutic Topic (KTT) documents and added two new topics to the KTT collection of evidence summaries to support medicines optimisation: KTT5 Asthma: medicines safety priorities UPDATE KTT6 Hypnotics UPDATE KTT7 Antipsychotics in people living with dementia UPDATE KTT9 Antimicrobial stewardship- prescribing antibiotics UPDATE KTT12 Type 2 diabetes mellitus: medicines optimisation priorities Continue Reading »