Medicines optimisation looks at the value which medicines deliver, making sure they are clinically-effective and cost-effective. It is about ensuring people get the right choice of medicines, at the right time, and are engaged in the process by their clinical team.
This graphic shows how this works:
Medicines optimisation explained
The goal of medicines optimisation is to help patients to:
- improve their outcomes;
- take their medicines correctly;
- avoid taking unnecessary medicines;
- reduce wastage of medicines;
- and improve medicines safety.
NHS England supports the Royal Pharmaceutical Society guidance Medicines Optimisation: helping patients make the most of medicines, which has been developed in collaboration with patients, the medical and nursing professions and the pharmaceutical industry.
NICE has also published guidance: Medicines optimisation: the safe and effective use of medicines to enable the best possible outcomes.