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Drive for more medicines use reviews

Pharmacists are being encouraged to increase the number of medicines use reviews they carry out to 400 a year, in new advice from their trade body.

The call comes after a Pulse investigation revealed PCTs were already spending more than £20m a year on the reviews, despite the majority of trusts not having any formal means of assessing their value.

Virginia Mead-Herbert, director of sales and marketing at the National Pharmacy Association, said the body sought to promote the use of medicines use reviews to pharmacists and patients. ‘The NPA is striving to help members deliver MURs and reach the targets set by the Government,' she said.

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