Scotland looks for waste in care home medicines

A Scottish Parliament Committee inquiry has looked into more efficient use of medicines in care homes.

In a new report, committee members have looked at issues such as:

  • Waste related to ‘Just in Case’ boxes;
  • Stock of medicines in care homes
  • Allowing bulk prescribing in care homes.

Among the recommendations made in the report, MSPs call on the Scottish Government to work with the Home Office to consider further the approach to licensing in care homes as well as the fees payable for licences for different types of organisation and making greater use of the skills of nurses and pharmacists in care homes.

Other suggestions include:

  • The development of a care home specialist interest group
  • Greater use of electronic Medicine Administration Record (eMAR) in a care homes.
  • The use the Medicines: Care and Review (M:CR) service and palliative care assessment tool in care homes.

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