Bulletin 256: Dependence forming medications

The dependence forming medicines (DFMs) resources provide an overview of DFMs and signpost to PrescQIPP resources which support medicines optimisation projects in this area.

A new style infographic is available for high dose opioids, hypnotics, benzodiazepines and pregabalin and gabapentin.

These can be used with practices to show them their prescribing data and inform them of the key prescribing messages in the format "Look, Review, Do" all on one page.

Implementation tools include a patient prescription agreement letter, fentanyl lozenges prescriber information, benzodiazepine deprescribing algorithm, opioid deprescribing algorithm, and opioid deprescribing success case study.