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The History of Concordance and Medicines Partnership

1995 - 1997
A Working Group at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, in partnership with Merck Sharp & Dohme, undertook an enquiry into what was known about the difficulties patients have in taking medicines as they are prescribed.
Publication of an influential report "From Compliance to Concordance" and a new term, 'concordance' introduced. A copy of the report is available to download below.
1998 March 2001
Concordance Co-ordinating Group, based at the RPSGB, conducts further research on concordance
September 2000
The NHS Pharmacy Programme Pharmacy in the Future proposed a national strategy on patient partnership in medicines taking
April 2001
Joint Task Force announced by Lord Hunt
December 2001
Medicines Partnership director appointed
January 2002
March 2004
July 2005
First meeting of the Medicines Partnership Task Force
Funding confirmed until Summer 2005
Funding confirmed until mid 2007

Related Documents
Report of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society working group In portable document format (178KB)
A PowerPoint presentation with background information and statistics relating to medicines and medicines taking. Last updated June 2005. (123KB)