People who are responsible for buying and prescribing treatments in the NHS, must meet patient needs and manage costs within a constantly evolving landscape of clinical evidence, available treatments and drug prices. This can be very challenging.
We help primary care commissioners to manage their medicines budgets as effectively as possible. For example, we produce useful guidance on frequently prescribed and/or high cost treatments with details of evidence about them and suggestions for alternative treatments that could be discussed with patients.
We also help our subscribers to address a range of prescribing challenges. These include:
- Adherence and waste: People often do not take medicines as they are intended. A huge amount of dispensed medicines are unused or wasted.
- Polypharmacy: Some patients are taking more medicines than are necessary. Sometimes these medicines interact with each other to prevent them working as effectively as they should, or cause further problems for patients.
- Self care: Many patients who go to the doctors for common problems could be helped by community pharmacists. Purchasing medicines directly would very often make treatment quicker and easier.
- Transfer of care: Confusion and errors with medication are more likely to occur when patients move from one care setting to another, such as leaving hospital to go back into a care home.
By highlighting good practice, innovation and sharing quality resources between NHS organisations working in many different areas of the UK, we also help to prevent duplication and maximise resources.