Efficiency - Low value for prescribing

The aim of the Low Value for Prescribing in NHS Wales initiative is to minimise the prescribing of items that offer a limited clinical benefit to patients, and where more cost-effective treatments may be available.

The first phase of the initiative was launched in 2017, with an additional two phases subsequently developed. This indicator will report on the spend per 1,000 patients for all items included phase 1 and 2 of the initiative.

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The graph below illustrates spend per 1,000 patients on items in phase 1 and 2 of the Low Value for Prescribing initiative.

Trend in spend (£) per 1,000 patients on the medicines identified as low value for prescribing in NHS Wales

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How can changes be made?

  • Prescribers should consider the Low Value for Prescribing initiative when deciding whether or not to prescribe any of the included items.
  • Changes to individual medication regimens should be in partnership with patients using a shared decision making model.




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