Future Developments in Memo and Conclusion

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Chapter: Pharmacovigilance: MEMO in the United Kingdom

Dispensed prescribing data collection in MEMO is labour-intensive and expensive.


FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN MEMO

Dispensed prescribing data collection in MEMO is labour-intensive and expensive. The automated capture of computerised dispensed prescribing data has been investigated in five test pharmacies, a method that could eventually become Tayside wide or Scottish wide (McGilchrist and MacDonald, 1996). Of 200 000 prescription items from which data were collected using this methodology, a comparison with a sample of duplicate data collected by MEMO in the usual way showed that there was agreement for 98% of the items.


CONCLUSION

In conclusion, MEMO is a comprehensive record-linkage system that can be used for the detection and quantification of serious drug toxicity, outcomes research and pharmacoeconomic studies. The reali-sation of disease management also strengthens the capabilities of MEMO. Figure 26.2 summarises the record-linked data sets that are available in MEMO.

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