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National Medicines Utilisation Unit

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National Medicines Utilisation Unit (NMUU)

The National Medicines Utilisation Unit (NMUU) was set up in 2005 to help collect and disseminate high quality information on the use of medicines across NHS Scotland. It consists of several different strands of work. These are:

  • Supporting the development of pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiological applications of patient-level data for NHS Scotland.
  • Development of a hospital medicines utilisation database, to identify how medicines are used in hospitals, and allow linkage between different information sources. For more information, see the Hospital Medicines Utilisation Database (HMUD) website.
  • Investigation of antibiotic utilisation data from primary / secondary care and linkage to antibiotic resistance.
  • Collaboration with the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) to explore how SMC has engaged with its key stakeholders and to examine how SMC advice has shaped medicine use across NHSScotland. The first phase of this evaluation is now complete and the summary and full reports can be accessed on the SMC website.
  • Development of a pharmaceutical care services plan resource tool kit Download pdf file [220KB] with Scottish Government and Grampian NHS Board.


Marion Bennie
Head of Programme.

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