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.

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

Background

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 2016.

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Published Date: 20 March 2017