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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:

  • North East and North Cumbria AHSN
  • the NHSBSA
  • NHS Digital
  • local GPs
  • pharmacists
  • prescribing analysts
  • clinical specialists

These comparators will help 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 further information and resources linked to Wessex AHSN's programme of polypharmacy work on the Wessex AHSN website.

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