The Mid and South Essex Medicines Optimisation Committee (MSEMOC) is a forum for healthcare professionals and managers from both primary care (e.g. general practice) and secondary care (e.g. hospital) to make decisions about how best to use medicines in mid and south Essex.
The MSEMOC looks at issues like:
- Should we recommend the use of a new drug for our local patients and advise that it should be prescribed in mid and south Essex? And if so, which patients would benefit?
- Could a specialist medicine be prescribed by GPs, or should only hospital consultants prescribe it?
- Where there are a number of medicines available for a particular illness or condition, which one(s) have the most benefit and are most cost-effective?
- Should some be tried before others?
When making a decision, MSEMOC considers:
- issues of clinical and cost effectiveness
- needs of the patient and population
- local priorities
- affordability in the use of drugs in the prevention and management of disease
MSEMOC develops guidelines to support treatment of conditions and maintains a formulary (a list of medicines that have been approved to be prescribed in mid and south Essex).
Healthcare organisations that sit on MSEMOC are expected to enforce the decisions/guidelines/formulary made by MSEMOC.
If you would like more information about the MSEMOC or the resources it produces, please contact [email protected]