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Not all NHS waste is wasteful

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CIVAS is about more than just vial sharing. Although the savings can be a convincing economic argument for operating a CIVAS, the safety benefits conferred through the specific skills founded in the pharmacy aseptic suite and the better labelling of reconsituted product is the main driver. Enhanced stability (and therefore expiry) often results from the assured aseptic preparation too. One thing is for sure - we don't do nearly enough to support adherence. The easy wins will be in high cost therapies like Oral Oncology and HIV antiviral treatment. Secondary care and pharmacy homecare are working together on such initiatives. However, pennies make pounds, and although the NHS Advanced Services have an important part to play in improving everyday adherence, more and improved services will be crucial as we go into the future. Particularly for the hard to reach patients like the housebound that we never see and have very limited opportunity to engage with. A national domiciliary MUR service would make a huge difference.

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21 NOV 2014

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10:51

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