New Insomnia And Medicines Optimisation Resource Launched


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Medicines Optimisation in Patients with Insomnia

Posted on 02 June 2015
Despite the associated health and social impact, insomnia is often overlooked as a serious condition in its own right. We know that prescribing practice in this area – such as the long-term use of traditional hypnotics and the prescribing of unlicensed melatonin – can be sub-optimal. This in turn raises concerns regarding safety, particularly in older patients, and the unwitting use of more expensive, unlicensed medicines. This website aims to help healthcare professionals and patients alike by providing easy to access information on both the condition and the appropriate use of medicines in a format that prescribers and their patients can use together or independently.

UK healthcare professionals now have free access to a new and comprehensive online resource called ‘Medicines Optimisation in Patients with Insomnia’.

Researched and developed at Keele University, the website provides practical guidance on assessment and diagnosis, and summarises best practice for both the non-pharmacological and pharmacological management of patients with insomnia. It includes links to additional resources, guidelines and educational materials; all content is fully referenced.

Professor Stephen Chapman, Head of Centre for Medicines Optimisation at Keele University said, “Despite the associated health and social impact, insomnia is often overlooked as a serious condition in its own right. We know that prescribing practice in this area – such as the long-term use of traditional hypnotics and the prescribing of unlicensed melatonin – can be sub-optimal. This in turn raises concerns regarding safety, particularly in older patients, and the unwitting use of more expensive, unlicensed medicines. This website aims to help healthcare professionals and patients alike by providing easy to access information on both the condition and the appropriate use of medicines in a format that prescribers and their patients can use together or independently.”

The site, which is supported by an unrestricted grant from Flynn Pharma Limited, covers subjects in depth including: Insomnia, Assessment & Diagnosis, Non-pharmacological & Pharmacological Management, Safer Use of Benzodiazepines & Z-drugs, and Best Practice in the Prescribing of Melatonin. It also includes ‘Insomnia in 60 seconds’ – a bullet-point summary of key points aimed at the busy healthcare professional. 


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