Awareness of Medicines

Health written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Shadow Minister, Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what activity her Department has undertaken to promote the awareness of medicines use reviews; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

A booklet entitled "Understand your medicines—a Patient Guide to Medicines Use Review" was developed through the medicines partnership. The booklet was distributed to all community pharmacies, when it was first published. This continues to be available for download from the website at www.npc.co.uk/med_partnership Contractors are encouraged to keep stocks of this leaflet in their pharmacies and actively hand it out to patients to raise their awareness.

We are aware of the need to encourage better engagement with medicines use reviews (MUR) by general practitioners (GPs). The form that is used to notify GPs, following a review, is being re-designed to aid communication. We are also aiming to improve GP's engagement through our wider communications strategy, in particular, when the re-designed forms are launched.

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