Special Issue "Medicines Optimisation"


A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. John Marriott
School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK
Website: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/cem/PPT/marriott-john.aspx
Phone: +44 (0)121 414 4094
Interests: paediatric medicines use; barriers to novel medicines development (in paediatrics); predicting and evaluating medicines adherence; risk in pharmaceutical systems; optimisation of antibiotics use; toolkits to optimise prescribing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of medicines has been one of the most common therapeutic interventions for centuries. However, we are now conscious of the extended range and costs of medications available and the complexity involved with their use. Consequently, in order to gain the most from our use of medicines, and to maximise benefit to patients on an individual or public health scale, we need to routinely apply and further develop the concept of “medicines optimisation”. This will involve greater understanding of the medicines optimisation concept, through knowledge of patients’ healthcare needs, development of the evidence base for the use of medications and a universal drive to refine the safety of medicines use. These principles apply across the medicines use pathway, from the prescribing process, through medication supply systems to the involved activities associated with either the supervised or patient managed administration of drugs and the subsequent medicines review processes. The ultimate goal is to improve outcomes for patients.

If you are involved in developing any aspect of the medicines optimisation process or agenda then we would be keen to receive submissions of your work for our special edition. Our intention is to accommodate information about all aspects of the medicines optimisation process.

Prof John Marriott
Guest Editor


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  • evidence-based medicines
  • prescribing
  • medicines supply
  • medicines administration
  • medicines adherence
  • cost-effective medicines use
  • medicines waste
  • medicines safety
  • care pathways

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet.

Last update: 17 September 2014

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