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MPs want action on risky scripts

GPs should be warned directly by the Government's medicines watchdog for 'risky prescribing', a key parliamentary committee has concluded.

The Commons Public Accounts Committee said GPs 'carried on with potentially dangerous prescribing' because some warnings from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency did not reach them.

In a report published last week, it said the agency could establish individual GPs who prescribed potentially interacting drugs, but did not consider it its job to give GPs feedback.

The report hinted there should be a way of taking action against GPs who did

not follow the agency's advice.

GPC prescribing subcommittee member Dr Chaand Nagpaul warned: 'What must not happen is a process of naming and shaming poor prescribing.'

The Department of Health and National Patient Safety Agency denied they would target individual GPs.

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