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.