First DataBank Europe signs contract with ScriptSwitch

First DataBank Europe (FDBE) today announced a new contract with ScriptSwitch to allow the implementation of its Multilex Drug Data File (Multilex DDF), the UK’s leading drug knowledge base, into the ScriptSwitch Primary Care Organisation product.

The agreement will enable ScriptSwitch’s customers to make use of Multilex DDF, which will provide up to date product availability and pricing data, when configured in medicines management recommendations.

When implemented by a Primary Care Organisation (PCO), ScriptSwitch helps GPs to select the most appropriate medicine using locally authored advice. The system presents recommendations at the point of prescribing allowing PCOs not only to recommend a therapeutic alternative drug but additionally to communicate essential information to users at the point of care. The incorporation of Multilex DDF will benefit ScriptSwitch users by allowing them to take more regular, monthly updates and will now include switches for dressings and appliances.

Nigel Fenwick, head of operations & development at ScriptSwitch said: “The arrangement with First DataBank Europe will enable us to continue to provide the most comprehensive service possible to our customers. It will allow PCOs to improve clinical excellence and communication whilst making considerable savings which in turn can be invested in other services.”

Keith Kirtland, sales and marketing director of First DataBank Europe said: “We are delighted to be working with ScriptSwitch on their innovative product and are confident that PCOs and GPs alike will benefit from the incorporation of Multilex DDF.”

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Notes to Editors

About First DataBank Europe
First DataBank Europe (FDBE) enables safer prescribing and dispensing and improved patient care through effective clinical decision support.  Through its partnerships with healthcare system providers, FDBE’s decision support is in daily use by thousands of healthcare professionals in the UK.   NHS Connecting for Health has chosen First DataBank Europe to provide drug related clinical decision support for the National Programme for IT. For further information visit

About ScriptSwitch
ScriptSwitch is a prescribing support tool that offers instant advice to prescribers and highlights potential savings available. The software provides innovative cross platform support for all the major GP clinical systems. Using a simple one-screen interface it brings clear simple and concise clinical and financial information closer to GPs at the exact time of decision around drug selection. ScriptSwitch can provide a cost benefit from an average practice in the UK of around £35,000 per year. It is an independent commercial company with no links or business partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry.

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