Step 6: Is drug therapy cost-effective?

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Process

Identify unnecessarily costly drug therapy by:

  • Consider more cost-effective alternatives (but balance against effectiveness, safety, convenience)
Description
  • Opportunities for cost minimisation should be explored, but changing drugs for cost reasons should only be considered if effectiveness, safety or adherence would not be comprised.
  • Ensure prescribing is in line with current formulary recommendations
Drug Info

Check for

  • Costly formulations (e.g. dispersible)
  • Costly unlicensed ‘specials’
  • Branded products 
  • >1 strength of  same drug
  • Unsynchronised dispensing intervals (28 or 56 day supplies)