Medicines optimisation: around the globe (Part 1)

Friday 2 October 2015
D7*     Session accredited under ACPE, UAN: 0579-0000-15-017-L04-P (3.0 contact hours)


Medicines optimisation is an approach to the quality use of medicines that aims to produce the best possible outcomes. It differs from medicines management in a number of ways but predominantly focused on outcomes rather than process, patients rather than systems and is led rather than delivered by pharmacists. Medicines optimisation’s primary goal is maximising value; the value that a patient derives from their medicines and the value that the whole population experiences from investment in medicines. Optimal medicines use is a crucial step in both improving the quality of care and balancing the costs of healthcare. The purpose of this seminar is to demonstrate the need for medicines optimisation, describe what we mean by medicines optimisation and provide some of the evidence base to support this – for the benefit of society, the healthcare system as well as the patient. The pharmacy professions value-added derive from expertise in medicines use rather than simply medicines supply.

Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and their staff are well placed to deliver on medicines optimisation and improve health and wellbeing, with community pharmacies all over the world offering easy access to pharmaceutical services. No appointment needed, in the heart of local communities.

Learning objectives

Knowledge-based session

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the drivers for optimising the use of medicines such as the economic challenges, increased use of technology and technologically advanced medicines, problems around waste and safety, demographic changes, changes in healthcare infrastructure, and quality, innovation, productivity and prevention.
  2. Explain what we mean by medicines optimisation.
  3. Identify the evidence base underpinning the need to optimise the use of medicines.
  4. Identify models/methods/frameworks from all continents on how to work with medicines optimisation.
  5. Identify how medicines optimisation is a part of the CPS Vision 2020.

Chair: Lars-Åke Söderlund (FIP CPS, Sweden)



09:00 1) Medicines optimisation in Asia
Manjiri Gharat (Indian Pharmaceutical Association, India)

09:30 2) Medicines optimisation in Europe
Ash Soni (The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, UK)

10:00 3) Medicines optimisation in America
Lawrence "LB" Brown (American Pharmacists Association, USA)

10:30 Break

11:00 4) Medicines optimisation in Africa
Johann Kruger (Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa, South Africa)

11:30 5) Medicines optimisation in Australia
Paul Sinclair (NSW Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Australia)