This Session will cover:
Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) remains a high national priority. NHS England has continued with the Antibiotic Quality Premium targets on reducing inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics for CCGs in 2016-17. We hope to have Microbiology specialists in this session to highlight the current AMS topics, latest prescribing data and interactive workshops.
The Department of Health estimates that the gross annual cost of NHS primary and community care prescription medicines wastage in England is around £300 million per year. It includes an estimated £90 million worth of unused prescription medicines that are retained in individuals’ homes at any one time, £110 million returned to community pharmacies over the course of a year, and £50 million worth of NHS supplied medicines that are disposed of unused by care homes. In addition, if medicines are not taken properly, patients do not receive the intended health benefits from them. Tower Hamlets is launching a series of initiatives on reducing medicines waste. This session will highlight these initiatives and how everyone can work together to reduce medicines waste.
Asthma: New inhalers and their place in therapy
There have been a recent explosion in the number of new inhaler devices and drugs that have come to the market and that have been approved at the local medicine committees.
This interactive session will give clinicians an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new inhalers and their place in therapy.
The session will also include a reminder of the importance of inhaler technique and with particular reference to the new inhalers.
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