Consensus Daily Dose
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To monitor the estimated stock remaining of certain high-risk medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic we incorporated a measurement provided to us by NHS Improvement called the ‘Consensus Daily Dose’. Usually, medicine comparisons can be done using a value such as defined daily doses or quantity of medicines but for a lot of medicines used during the pandemic there is no defined daily dose (see the World Health Organization’s ATC website for more info on why) and therefore no standard measurement. A value has been assigned to these based on the estimated daily dose as made by a consensus of multiple trusts; for example, propofol does not have a defined daily dose because of its wide dose range, however by assigning an average usage value of 4g per day it is now possible to estimate how many ‘days’ of propofol remain.