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Dispensing threat averted

GPs in dispensing practices appear to have staved off a threat from new regulations that would have forced them to dispense drugs themselves.

Dispensing doctors said some primary care organisations were threatening to impose new community pharmacy registration and qualific- ation rules on GP dispensers.

The move would mean the staff having to undertake lengthy periods of training.

But a recent crisis meeting agreed the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain registration rules, which come into force in 2007, would not apply to dispensers.

Dr David Baker, GP spok-esman for the Dispensing Doctors Association, said the rules would have been a major problem. 'If they became a requirement for our staff it would be a disaster as dispensing would have to be done by GP themselves,' he added.

'We need a course specific to GP dispensers. There's a lot in the society's course they don't need to do.'

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