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In Denmark there is increasing focus on the cost effectiveness of medicine use in the Danish healthcare system. At the same time, patient safety is an important issue for politicians and healthcare professionals. This has led to the implementation of several national initiatives to support healthcare professionals, ensure the correct choice of medicines and monitor drug treatment.
Other initiatives include implementation of treatment standards, the development of coordinated lists of recommended drugs between hospitals and general practitioners (GPs) and shared registration of the patient's actual drug treatment between hospitals and GPs. In addition, the hospital pharmacies in Denmark are implementing a new joint IT system providing data on the use of medicines in Danish hospitals.
The Danish Council for the Use of Expensive Hospital Medicines (RADS)
In October 2009 the Board of the Danish Regions set up the Council for the Use of Expensive Hospital Medicines (RADS) to ensure that all patients have equal access nationally to treatment with expensive …
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