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.

Getting Medication – Government Statement

The Department of Health & Social Care have published a policy paper on access to medicines in the UK – including information about contingency plans for a ‘No Deal Brexit’. DHSC 18/01/2019 The government is working with pharmaceutical companies, suppliers, and the NHS to make sure patients continue to receive the medication they need if the UK leaves Continue Reading »

UKMi Q&A via SPS – New Resources

UKMi publish a series of Q&A documents on the NHS SPS website, with summaries of high quality, evidence-based, and quality controlled answers to common or unusual Medicines Information enquiries. The latest batch of seven new or updated Q&As was published in December: Which medicines require extra care when switching between liquid and tablet/capsule formulations? Information on medicines which require Continue Reading »

SPS Resources – UKMi Q&A documents

The UK Medicines Infomation network publish a series of Question & Answer documents via the NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service website. The Q&As are a response to demand for accessible summaries of high quality, evidence-based, and quality controlled answers to common or unusual enquiries made to Medicines Information services. A full list of current UKMi Q&As  can be found here, Continue Reading »

Aldosterone Antagonist Monitoring: Room for Improvement in UK Primary Care

NICE recommend offering or considering the addition of an aldosterone antagonist (AA), such as spironolactone and eplerenone, to treatment with an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker (ACEI/ARB) for management of treatment-resistant heart failure or hypertension and for patients who have had an acute MI and who have symptoms and/or signs of heart failure and left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Continue Reading »