More than 70 people from across the region came together to build a medicines optimisation strategy for the South West.
The event was co-hosted by the South West Academic Health Science Network, NHS England and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) at Sandy Park, home of the Exeter Chiefs, on 21 April 2015.
The delegates included clinical, financial and operational leaders from across Devon, Cornwall and the Isle of Scilly and Somerset.
The aim of the event was to bring professionals together to work on a strategy to help patients get the best out of their medicines. E.g. by understanding their prescriptions better and having greater understanding of the periods of time they need to take their medication for and greater support when switching treatments.
The meeting was one of a series of 15 events held across England and also featured information about the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS) which has been established since 1957 and is a voluntary agreement between the government and the pharmaceutical industry. It is aimed at ensuring:
1. that safe and effective medicines are available on reasonable terms to the NHS and in maintaining a strong, efficient and profitable pharmaceutical industry.
2. the future availability of new and improved medicines in this and other countries by giving industry the capacity for sustained research and development.
See a picture gallery from the event which included multiple speakers, including three patients who gave their views on the challenges of taking their medication.