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New pharmacy service to benefit people with respiratory conditions

Health Minister Edwin Poots has announced a new service aimed at helping people with respiratory conditions, who are taking multiple medications, to manage their medicines more effectively.
Friday, 17 May 2013

The Medicines Use Review (MUR) service, which comes into effect in April 2013, allows community pharmacists to review medication face to face with the patient and to offer their professional advice on how to best to manage prescribed medications.

The Minister said: “This is good for patients. The proposed vision for our public health framework is to ensure that all people are enabled and supported in achieving their full health potential and wellbeing.

“This new service which has been welcomed by the Regional Respiratory Advisory Group will maximise this support for people with respiratory problems.

“I want to see best use of medications that will benefit the patient in the long-term.”

The new service aligns to the objective of delivering services closer to home as set out in Transforming Your Care. It will see an increased clinical role for community pharmacy as underpinned by the ongoing refresh of the strategy for the provision of pharmaceutical services in the community.

The Minister concluded: “Community pharmacists have a pivotal role to play in how we deliver health services to the population of Northern Ireland and negotiations are ongoing in respect of other clinical services that can be delivered in the community."

The HSC Board will facilitate the roll out of the respiratory MUR service to community pharmacists throughout Northern Ireland.

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