Deprescribing should be a carefully planned process, working in partnership with the patient and involving the multidisciplinary team. A stepwise approach should be taken, offering the option as a trial and gradually reducing the medicine if required, with appropriate monitoring and follow up. As a pharmacy professional, you can play an important role in deprescribing. This can range from identification of potentially inappropriate medicines through to discontinuing a medicine. Deprescribing is classed as a prescribing activity. This does not prevent non-prescribing pharmacy professionals from making recommendations. It is key to work within your own competency and refer to the responsible prescriber where required.
On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
If you work in a clinical setting you can work through our CPPE Optimise programmes with your colleagues. This learning format provides you with clinically focused learning from experts across the country to help you optimise your patients’ treatment in different topic areas.