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Medicines optimisation - polypharmacy

A small working group led by Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) developed a set of valuable prescribing comparators as part of the efforts to address polypharmacy.

The group comprised members of:

  • our organisation
  • North East and North Cumbria AHSN
  • NHS Digital
  • local GPs
  • pharmacists
  • prescribing analysts
  • clinical specialists

These comparators will help Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and GP practices understand the variation in prescribing of multiple medicines. They'll also help to identify patients who are more likely to be exposed to the risks that can be associated with taking large numbers of medicines or certain combinations of medicines.

You can find out how NHSBSA Polypharmacy prescribing comparators help Primary Care Networks (PCNs) meet the requirement of the PCN DES by reading this news article

You can find further information and resources linked to Wessex AHSN's programme of polypharmacy work on the Wessex AHSN website.

Polypharmacy Case Study (PDF: 233KB)

View the Medicines Optimisation Polypharmacy Prescribing Comparator descriptions and specifications July 2017 v1.0 (PDF: 548 KB).

You can access the polypharmacy prescribing comparators on ePACT2.

You'll need to register to use ePACT2