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Safe and Cost Effective Prescribing

We manage a range of projects to promote safe, effective and cost effective prescribing in Northern Ireland.

Our projects include increasing generic prescribing (where appropriate), reducing medicines waste, reducing overuse and harm from medicines, improving the supply and use of medicines and medicines technology.

We work with Health and Social Care Trusts, General Practice and community pharmacies to increase awareness of the costs associated with drugs and related treatments, and to encourage the use of evidence based, less expensive, equally effective therapies for their patients where possible.



Deprescribing is stopping or reducing medicines that are:

  • Not helping your condition, or possibly harming you.
  • No longer the best treatment for you or your condition.

Deprescribing should only be done by your GP, pharmacist or a nurse.

Find out more about deprescribing.