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Improving medicines management is vital - Poots

Innovation and investment to optimise the use of medicines will deliver both health and economic benefits.
Thursday, 17 January 2013

That was the message from the Health Minister today as he addressed an international conference on medicines management and optimisation.

Minister Poots said: “Investing in quality and the safe use of medicines will result in improved health outcomes for us all and deliver economic efficiencies. This is what pharmaceutical clinical effectiveness is all about and is what I as Health Minister am looking to progress further in Northern Ireland through the Transforming Your Care programme.

“This is an opportunity for pharmacists in both hospital and primary care to further develop and strengthen their role in:

  • improving medicines management for patients;
  • helping to minimise waste;
  • preventing conditions deteriorating; and
  • helping to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions due to medicines.

“Ensuring the continuity of pharmaceutical care across each of these areas will also be crucial to enhanced patient care.”

The Minister also emphasised the need to harness new technologies to further benefit patient care. He said: “Remote technology is key to optimising the use of medicines.

“In line with Transforming Your Care I would encourage clinicians, commissioners and the industry to jointly develop an approach to explore ICT based solutions which can optimise patients’ use of medicines, leading to better health behaviours and compliance, and improving clinical outcomes. This in turn will reduce the demand on hospital services and unnecessary pressure on primary care services.”

Notes to editors:

1. The Quality, Safety, Improvement and Efficiency of medicines conference was organised by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

2. Media queries about this press release to DHSSPS Press Office on 028 9052 0571 or out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 076 9971 5440 and your call will be returned.