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Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation

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.

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.

For more information on medicines optimisation, please refer to information for patients guidance produced by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

For information on a medicine and the condition it treats, please refer to the NHS website Medicines A-Z – NHS (

To find a pharmacy nearest to you, please refer to the NHS website Find a pharmacy – NHS (

To find information on NHS prescription charges please refer to the NHS website NHS prescription charges – NHS (

To find if you are eligible for free prescriptions please refer to the NHS website Who can get free prescriptions – NHS (