Prescribing and Research in Medicines Management (UK & Ireland) is a multi-disciplinary organisation devoted to the study of medicine use in society: research, education, outcomes, interventions, consumption and administration.

Aims of the Society

To promote prescribing and research in medicines management in the British Isles

  • with particular concern for improved patient care
  • by encouraging networking between interested professionals
  • by providing a forum for the presentation of their work

If you are:

  • a doctor, pharmacist or nurse dealing with drug use in hospital or the community
  • a researcher in the fields of drug use, pharmacoepidemiology or pharmacoeconomics
  • a professional prescribing adviser
  • a PCG/T, regional or national administrator with responsibility for prescribing cost-effectiveness

Then Prescribing and Research in Medicines Management (UK & Ireland) is your society

History of the Organisation

UK DURG was founded in 1989 by a multi-disciplinary group of about 30 people, who were working in drug utilisation research and who noted a lack of awareness of their work among pharmacologists. They recognised a great need to do research in drug utilisation/patient adherence and related issues. The organisation then grew from 30 to approximately 150 attracting hospital pharmacists, prescribing advisers and academic researchers, and by 1993 an International Conference on Drug Utilisation at the University of Oxford attracted an audience of 380 delegates. UK DURG has flourished particularly in the quality of research. Members of UK DURG made substantial input into The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Working Party entitled Partnership in Medicine Taking. Since the DURG’s inception, we have seen the subject mature from being scorned as “soft science” to one with its own methodology, encompassing qualitative research, precise statistical design and analyses of quantitative research and pharmaco-economics.

UK DURG celebrated its 10th anniversary by producing a Handbook of Drug Use Research Methodology, edited by Professor Hugh McGavock. UK DURG was renamed DURG (UK & Ireland) in March 2004.

Handbook of Drug Use Research Methodology