New Medicine Service (NMS)


The New Medicine Service (NMS) was the fourth Advanced Service to be added to the NHS community pharmacy contract; it commenced on 1st October 2011.

Four conditions/therapy areas were selected to be included in the initial rollout of the NMS. These are:

  • asthma and COPD
  • type 2 diabetes
  • antiplatelet/anticoagulant therapy
  • hypertension

The service provides support for people with long-term conditions newly prescribed a medicine to help improve medicines adherence; it is initially focused on particular patient groups and conditions. For each therapy area/condition, a list of medicines has been agreed. If a patient is newly prescribed one of these medicines then they will be eligible to receive the service, subject to the pharmacist being able to determine that the medicine is being used to treat one of the above conditions in circumstances where a medicine can be used to treat multiple conditions. The PSNC have produced a new medicine service medicine list factsheet available here.

Please click on the links below to access resources available for NMS service.  

NMS lifestyle advice

Pharmacompany Resources

Please also note that resources for MUR available here will also be useful to use for the NMS service.