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Medicines management: How can we reduce unnecessary medication prescriptions?

All medicines have the potential to cause harm to patients. Before prescribing any medication, consider whether the patient really needs it, and look for non-pharmacological interventions first where possible, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths. 
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All medicines have the potential to cause harm to patients. Before prescribing any medication, consider whether the patient really needs it, and look for non-pharmacological interventions first where possible, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths

Prescribing medicines is very easy in modern times. In many cases, we don’t even have to write a prescription – just a few clicks of a mouse can start a whole chain of events for patients, affecting their lives more than we can imagine.

Although it is easy to look for a quick pharmacological fix, before prescribing or administering any medication consider carefully whether the patient really needs it. Are there non-pharmacological interventions we can try first? Are there any contraindications or cautions to prescribing the medicine that we need to be aware of?

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