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

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

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.

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

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:

Additionally the service will help patients:

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