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What role should pharmacists play in medicines optimisation?

The ABPI's medicines optimisation lead Harriet Lewis on helping patients with their medicines

Harriet Lewis, a pharmacist and medicines optimisation lead at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), on pharmacists' clinical skills and how they can support the medicines optimisation agenda. 

Ms Lewis spoke at the ABPI's annual conference on how pharmaceutical companies are supporting community pharmacists to optimise their patients' medicines. 

What role do you think pharmacists should play in medicines optimisation?

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Shaun Steren, Pharmaceutical Adviser

This is an easy one: where there is overwhelming empirical evidence for cost-effectiveness. I know, starting on the basis of evidence as opposed to anecdote, what am I thinking of. 

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Prescribing optimisation needs to occur first. Syncing medications to regular time intervals being a key factor. Utilising ETP Repeat Dispensing services correctly. I'm still finding, at the least in the South of England, that this is super rare. 

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