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Work in progress

An overview of the medicines optimisation work underway, and due to be considered for endorsement by AWMSG.

Please note, information summarised on this page is subject to change.

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Consultation date

Publication date
(Estimated)
Hypnotics and Anxiolytics (2021 review - current version here) Updated guidance for health professionals regarding the minimisation of risk associated with the prescribing of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs for the management of insomnia and anxiety. Consultation completed

Spring 2021
(March - May 2021)

Initial Clinical Management of Adult Smokers in Secondary Care Information and guidance for NHS Wales on the initiation of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in secondary care settings, for nicotine withdrawal management in adults who smoke. Consultation completed

Spring 2021
(March - May 2021)

All Wales Advice on SGLT‑2 Inhibitors in Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease A summary of evidence around cardiovascular risk reduction regarding the use of SGLT-2 inhibitor medicines and specific considerations for appropriate prescribing within the Type 2 diabetes management pathway.

Consultation underway -

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Autumn 2021
(September - November 2021)
Tramadol Educational Resources (2021 review - current version here) Updated resource materials aimed at supporting the appropriate prescribing of tramadol in NHS Wales by providing key healthcare professionals with resource materials to review the prescribing of tramadol within the complex context of pain management. Consultation anticipated April - May 2021 Autumn 2021
(September - November 2021)
All Wales Guidelines and Resources for the Management of Chronic Pain Guidelines and resources developed to provide evidence based, prudently-driven guidance for the pharmacological management of chronic pain in Wales. In addition, quick reference guides, patient information leaflets, audit resources and educational materials will also be developed. Consultation anticipated July 2021 Autumn 2021
(September - November 2021)