The NHS spends £16.8 billion a year on medicines (£1 in every £7 that the NHS spends) and they are the most common treatment in the NHS. 

Medicines help a lot of people to get well, but:

  • Up to 50% of patients don’t take their medicines as intended meaning their health is affected;
  • Around 5-8% of hospital admissions are medicines related, many of which are preventable;
  • Medication safety continues to be a serious issue;
  • Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics through overuse which is a global issue;
  • Use of multiple medicines is increasing – over 1 million people now take 8 or more medicines a day.

The Innovation Agency is supporting the national medicines optimisation programme to deliver 4 programmes of work:

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