Medicines in Scotland: What’s the right treatment for me?
Information for patients and the public
The following medicines booklet is for
patients and the public and explains how people
can work with their doctor (or other healthcare professional) to
decide whether a medicine is needed and if so, which to prescribe.
It also explains about the likely benefits and possible risks of
Medicines are usually prescribed by a doctor.
However, other healthcare professionals can also prescribe
medicines (for example dentists and some nurses, pharmacists and
physiotherapists). In this booklet, “healthcare professional” is
used to describe the person prescribing the medicine
The Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Collaborative, hosted by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, worked
with healthcare professionals, public partners, public involvement
groups, patient support groups across NHSScotland and The Robert
Gordon University to develop the medicines booklet. The booklet
replaces the 2010 Health Rights Information Scotland (HRIS)
leaflet, New Medicines in Scotland – who decides what the NHS
can provide? and the medicines factsheet published in June
Published Date: 20 March 2017