Journal scan

Pharmacist-led medicine service could save NHS £517 million

A scheme in which pharmacists help patients stick to their drug regimens could save NHS England £517.6 million in the long term and should be allowed to continue, a team of health economists says.
nms

A scheme in which pharmacists help patients stick to their drug regimens could save NHS England £517.6 million in the long term and should be allowed to continue, a team of health economists says

A Department of Health scheme to help patients stick to their drug regimens has been so successful that it could save NHS England £517.6 million in the long term, a team of health economists has found.

Researchers say the New Medicine Service – a free scheme launched in 2011 in which community pharmacists give advice and help to patients taking new medicines – improved medicines adherence by 10% in a sample of 503 patients.

Simple and popular

Even in the short term, the scheme, in which pharmacists are paid £24.60 each time they look after a

...

Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Nursing Standard
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?

Jobs