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Tech helps GPs reduce diabetes and stroke incidence through improved antipsychotic prescribing

Nov 9, 2021
New AHSN analysis of how NHS primary care prescribers use medicines optimisation solution FDB OptimiseRx, shows substantial clinical benefits and financial impact around reducing antipsychotic medicines for at risk patients. A return of £1.20 for every £1 invested was calculated from the impact of just three of more than 4,800 prescribing messages.
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FDB Multilex to provide clinical decision support to encompass

Jul 21, 2021
FDB (First Databank) has signed a deal to supply its Multilex clinical decision support solution to encompass, Health and Social Care Northern Ireland’s transformation initiative, which will introduce a digital integrated care record to Northern Ireland.
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FDB provides Multilex to Better Meds prescribing system

Jul 7, 2021
Better and FDB (First Databank) are collaborating in the UK, with FDB providing its Multilex clinical decision support solution into the Better Meds electronic prescribing system.
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GP use of tech helps prevent prescribing harm while saving NHS hundreds of millions

May 27, 2021
Academic analysis shows primary care prescribers have been preventing adverse drug reactions, harm and hospital admissions through safer prescribing, after using prescribing tech. The company behind the system also reveals that GPs have helped save hundreds of millions of pounds.
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26,000 falls may have been prevented after GPs used prescribing tech to change drugs for at risk patients

Feb 17, 2021
GPs and other NHS prescribers may have helped avoid tens of thousands of falls amongst the elderly after using prescribing decision technology FDB OptimiseRx to deliver guidance on avoiding adverse drug side effects, an Academic Health Science Network study suggests.
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FDB Statement on COVID-19

Jan 11, 2021
FDB (First Databank) continues to operate its business and all of its software solutions as normal.
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Drug information and new SNOMED concepts for COVID-19 vaccines in Multilex

Dec 18, 2020
The Multilex drug database includes records for the available COVID-19 vaccines in the UK (including the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine BNT162B2 manufactured by Pfizer- BioNTech) in line with the NHS BSA Dictionary of Medicines and Devices.
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FDB's AnalyseRx and OptimiseRx available on G-Cloud 12 Digital Marketplace

Oct 14, 2020
FDB (First Databank) is pleased to announce that their latest medicines optimisation solution, FDB AnalyseRx, has been approved to join the G-Cloud 12 framework, joining FDB OptimiseRx on the government’s latest G-Cloud framework.
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2020 08 25 Newly merged CCG expands tech support to improve practice prescribing

Aug 25, 2020
Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group to support prescribers to improve the quality and safety of prescribing
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Thousands of GP practices to avoid hazardous prescribing with help from new PINCER tech partnership

Feb 11, 2020
University of Nottingham team and FDB partner to flag crucial national safety indicators to thousands of primary care professionals through OptimiseRx prescribing software
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FDB team to exhibit at Digital Health Rewired

Feb 10, 2020
FDB today announced that it will be exhibiting at Digital Health Rewired 2020 on 4th March at London Olympia
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New Leadership Appointments Announced at Hearst Healths FDB

Jan 16, 2020
Charles Tuchinda Named Executive Chairman and Bob Katter Promoted to President
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FDB Multilex incorporates 55,600 new dm+d lymphoedema products

Nov 13, 2019
FDB has announced that it has completed content development to improve coverage of lymphoedema appliances, specifically around the addition of dm+d lymphoedema items within the FDB Multilex database.
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Wide variance in safety indicator drug monitoring by GP practices revealed in new data

Nov 4, 2019
Calls for GP practices to standardise routine drug therapeutic monitoring after disparity revealed in analysis of practice data from FDB’s OptimiseRx
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York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust shortlisted for award

Oct 31, 2019
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was shortlisted for a BBH Award - Best Use of Technology (Acute Care).
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FDB response to Public Health England Prescribed Medicines Review

Sep 12, 2019
Darren Nichols, Managing Director at FDB UK, comments on the findings and recommendations from Public Health England’s review into dependence and withdrawal associated with some prescribed medicines
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