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Strategic Insight reports are designed to support strategic objectives and planning by Integrated Care System leaders. The aim of this report is to determine current prescribing patterns and prescribing costs of antidiabetic treatments across the ICBs in the North of England with a particular emphasis on SGLT-2 inhibitors and GLP-1 mimetics. This will enable organisations […]
The purpose of this bulletin is to highlight the increase in cost of paracetamol 250mg/5ml oral suspensions since May 2022. It considers the potential savings that could be achieved through cost-effective paracetamol suspension prescribing across the ICSs in the North East & Yorkshire region and Greater Manchester.
The purpose of this bulletin is to promote cost effective prescribing by highlighting the lack of evidence on the efficacy of emollient bath and shower preparations for the management of atopic eczema, in line with updated NICE guidance. It considers the potential savings that could be achieved with reduced prescribing of these products across the […]
The NHS Long-Term Plan sets out a commitment to reduce NHS carbon emissions by 51% by 2025, and ultimately to become the world’s first Net-Zero health service. Good-quality data comparing the environmental impact of different types of inhalers is essential if patients and prescribers are to make informed decisions about their choice of inhalers in […]
The purpose of this bulletin is to highlight the difference in cost between acetylcysteine and carbocisteine when used as mucolytics, and to raise awareness of savings which could be achieved within ICBs. The bulletin considers the potential budget impact to primary care prescribing budgets based on current prescribing of carbocisteine across the ICSs in the […]
The purpose of this bulletin is to highlight the rapid NHS price increase of promethazine hydrochloride tablets since July 2022, and to raise awareness of the impact the price increase is having on ICB prescribing budgets. Potential alternative options are outlined, to reduce prescribing costs. The bulletin considers the potential budget impact to primary care […]
The purpose of this bulletin is to highlight the difference in cost between bioequivalent methylphenidate modified release (MR) tablets. It considers the budget impact of MR tablet choice and shows the yearly primary care spend on all methylphenidate XL tablets, and the proportion of this spend on each of the available brands.
In March 2023 NICE published TA875: Technology Appraisal guidance for semaglutide (Wegovy®) for managing overweight and obesity. The guidance recommends semaglutide as an option for weight management when prescribed by a specialist service alongside a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity in adults if they meet the criteria specified. This briefing aims to provide advice […]
Problematic polypharmacy is a significant concern with overprescribing and occurs where the prescribing of multiple medicines is either inappropriate or where the intended benefit of the medication is not realised. Prescribing cascades contribute to problematic polypharmacy because they can lead to inappropriate medication use, adverse drug reactions, poor outcomes and increased healthcare resource use that […]
In recent years, there has been increasing concern regarding the overprescribing of opioids and associated harms. The RDTC has produced a series of publications as part of the Polypharmacy and Overprescribing theme reviewing opioid prescribing: Each publication includes considerations and interventions for medicines optimisation teams and health systems. To avoid duplication across this series of […]