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Community Pharmacists' 'New Medicine Service' to help LTC patients

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Community Pharmacists' 'New Medicine Service' to help LTC patients

Information about the New Medicine Service in Community Pharmacy - a recently-introduced service to help Long Term Conditions patients who have been prescribed new medicines.

The New Medicine Service (NMS) is the fourth 'advanced service' for community pharmacy, introduced under 2011 Legislation. It is designed to provide early support to patients to maximise the benefits of the medication they have been prescribed.

The underlying purpose of the NMS is to promote the health and well-being of patients who are prescribed new medicines for Long Term Conditions (LTCs) - such as COPD and Asthma - in order to:

  • help reduce the symptoms and long-term complications of the LTC
  • identify problems with the management of the condition and the need for further information or support.

Additionally the service will help patients:

  • make informed choices about their care
  • self-manage their LTC
  • adhere to the agreed treatment programme
  • make appropriate life-style changes.

The NMS is therefore designed to help patients get the most out of their medicines, to enable pharmacists to demonstrate what they can offer the NHS and to aid two-way communications between community pharmacies and GPs for the benefit of patients.

> Read more about the New Medicine Service and details of those pharmacies it applies to