A medicines booklet has been developed by the Area Drug and Therapeutics (ADTC) Collaborative, hosted by Healthcare Improvement
Scotland. The team worked with healthcare professionals, public partners, public involvement groups, patient and carer support groups across NHSScotland and the School of Pharmacy at The Robert Gordon University. It focuses on the patient journey starting at consultation and explains how people can work with their doctor (or other healthcare professional) to decide whether a medicine is needed and if so, which to prescribe.
It also explains about the likely benefits and possible risks of medicines. The booklet replaces the 2010 Health Rights Information Scotland (HRIS) leaflet, New Medicines in Scotland - who decides what the NHS can provide?
and the medicines factsheet published in June 2016.
The medicines booklet and summary are available on the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/medicinesbooklet.aspx
Copies for patients and the public will be distributed to each GP surgery, community pharmacy and hospital in NHSScotland by the end of March. A two-page summary is also available which contains the main messages from the medicines booklet.