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Opportunities for collaboration between pharmacists and clinical pharmacologists to support medicines optimisation in the UK

Nina L Barnett
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2019 April 15
30986325
Medicines optimisation is a clinician-driven, person-centred ongoing process. Pharmacists and clinical pharmacologists have medicines-related expertise to deliver medication review to optimise clinical and cost effective use of medication, aligned with patient preferences, to contribute to improved health outcomes. There is a large pharmacy workforce, directly accessible to patients, who can provide expert medicines-related care on the high street, and increasingly in General Practice and care homes settings. There are a small number of clinical pharmacologists in practice, mainly working in a hospital setting. Potential opportunities for collaboration are extensive, including local initiatives in collaborative in education, formulary/medicines management, electronic prescribing, service evaluation, research, direct clinical services as well as strategic planning through the Regional Medicines Optimisation Committees. Pharmacists and clinical pharmacologists have complementary skill sets and through acknowledging the differences in their approaches and valuing their unique skills, health services can ensure that patients are signposted to appropriate services.

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