This quality standard covers the safe and effective use of medicines. It covers people of all ages who are taking medicines, including those who are not getting the full benefit from their medicines. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.
It does not cover medicines optimisation specific to care home settings, which is included in NICE’s quality standard for medicines management in care homes.
How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them
Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. Find out how to use quality standards and how we develop them. We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.