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Doubts cast over the safety of non-medical prescribing

An influential medical review journal has cast doubt of the safety of the Government's drive to expand non-medical prescribing.

A new Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin review identified a series of concerns over prescribing by nurses and pharmacists, including lack of access to complete medical records and doubts over training.

It warned there were potential dangers in prescribers moving outside their areas of ex-

pertise with a risk of increased numbers of adverse drug reactions.

Dr Ike Iheanacho, editor of the DTB, told Pulse: 'There is no reason that if nurses or pharmacists are competent patients shouldn't have access to medicine from these people. Our concerns are the practicalities of how it would work.'

The DTB concluded it was 'crucial' that rigorous clinical governance frameworks, close monitoring and continuing professional development were in place.

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