Medicine Use Review
By Gillian Yong (CARiNG Pharmacist) | Malaysia | Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:23pm
1. What is Medicine Use Review (MUR)?
MUR is where a pharmacist systematically discusses
with a patient their medicines, both prescribed and
non-prescribed, to check compliance and to assess
any problems with current medicine and its administration.
It is normally conducted at 12 monthly intervals.
2. Who should seek for Medicine Use Review
Anyone is entitled to have a MUR on request.
However, the priority is given to patients on multiple
medicines, or with long-term conditions. Diabetes,
hypertension, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis are
among the many examples of chronic conditions.
3. How does Medicine Use Review benefit the patient?
There are many benefits from a well organized MUR for the patients
- Help patients understand their therapy
- Offer reassurance about their medicines
- Identify and address problems with medicines
- Reduce side-effects
- Improve safety
- Support self-care
MUR is normally conducted face-to-face with the patient. To make it effective, patients are advised to
bring all their medicines with them. It is not uncommon that someone could not recall their medicines.
Interventions made as part of a MUR will include:
- Ensuring appropriate use of different medicine dosage forms (e.g. counseling on inhaler technique)
- Identification of unwanted medicines
- Identification of items without adequate dosage instructions
- Dealing with practical problems i.e. taking both generic and branded of the same medicine
- Advice on tolerability and side effects
5. Will my medical information be in safe hands?
Yes. It is strictly private and confidential. Informed consent will be obtained before commencing
a MUR. A report of the review will be provided to the patient and their GP (with consent).
6. Is MUR equivalent to the doctor’s Medicine review?
No. MUR is not a full clinical review as the pharmacist is not in possession of the full clinical notes.
The aim of MUR is to help patients improve knowledge, concordance and to ensure correct use
7. Where can patients get a MUR consultation?
MUR service will be available in selected Caring outlets in the near future. Pre-registration is required.
Caring Pharmacy, The Mines
Gillian graduated from University of Portsmouth, UK. She has trained and practiced in both
hospital and community pharmacies in the UK, for more than 11 years. Her special interest
is in health care promotions and pharmaceutical services.
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