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Pharmacy under fire for GP advice

The GPC has urged GPs to

ignore prescribing advice set out in a circular from the UK's largest pharmacy chain.

LloydsPharmacy issued advice to GPs promoting 28-

day prescribing in an in-

formation pack from its head office.

The pack claimed 28-day prescribing could result in a 12 per cent decrease in prescribing costs by reducing wastage.

GPC prescribing sub-committee chair Dr Peter Fellows, a GP in Lydney, Gloucestershire, branded this advice a 'mistake', and warned pharmacists stood to gain from

increasing their dispensing payments.

He added: 'We need to address the way pharmacists are paid, this doesn't fit with medicines management ­ it's not common-sense.'

The GPC responded to the Lloyds circular by reminding GPs they should prescribe as clinically appropriate.

'Where prescribing is for

a stable condition, it is

normal for three to six months' worth of prescription to be given,' the committee suggested.

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