Medicines dosette boxes given out without person-centred understanding

12 August 2019 – CHM Online

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have criticised pharmacies for giving out twice as many medicines dosette boxes (MDS) compared to ten years ago, without any real understanding of the benefit to patients.

In new research, ‘Quantifying and characterising Multi-compartment Compliance Aid provision; a national survey of community pharmacies’, the researchers determined that there is limited evidence of pharmacists considering patient choice or risk of adverse events associated with use.

New guidance endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, prescribers are encouraged to evaluate the suitability of dosette boxes, along with other compliance aids such as easy open medicine bottles, coloured labelling, social support or medication review.

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