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Medicine use reviews 'strain GP and pharmacist relations'

Lack of support from GPs is the greatest barrier to the success of pharmacist medicines use reviews, claims a survey of all the PCTs in England.

Medicines use reviews, introduced as part of the national contractual framework for pharmacies in England, strain the relationship between GPs and pharmacists and can ‘aggravate' GPs found the University of Manchester.

The survey found a lack of communication and co-operation between pharmacists and GPs, with medicines use reviews viewed negatively by GPs who preferred that pharmacists were excluded from their prescribing decisions.

‘Medicines use reviews hold the potential to undermine trust and damage relationships if conducted inappropriately,' said the authors.

The survey is published early online in the journal Health Policy.

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