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a man taking medication imageFebruary 2 2018

Details of the review into prescribed medicines that may cause dependence or withdrawal have been set out.


Public Health Minister Steve Brine has commissioned Public Health England to review the evidence and report back in early 2019. It has been asked to look at:

  • prevalence and prescribing patterns;
  • the nature and likely causes of dependence or discontinuation syndrome among some people who take these medicines;
  • effective prevention and treatment of dependence and discontinuation syndrome for each drug category.

Drug classes specifically targeted will be benzodiazepines, Z-drugs, GABA-ergic medicines, opioid pain medications, antidepressants, as well as those that are prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, chronic non-cancer pain and depression. The review will look at the use of the medicines by adults, and community prescribing.

Not included in the review’s remit are:

  • cancer and terminal pain;
  • over-the-counter medicines;
  • prescribing in hospitals and prisons;
  • other medicines, such as anti-psychotics, stimulants, ‘smart drugs’, or anti-obesity drugs.

PHE will use a number of methods to gather evidence, including “analysing all prescription and some GP patient data to understand prevalence and detail of prescribing patterns, patients and conditions.”

Link:
PHE announcement      

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