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GPs told to refuse third party script orders in bid to cut medicines waste

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Pharmacists requesting repeat medications for patients are under no obligation to check that the patient actually needs them. This leads to over-ordering in some cases with no real mechanism in place for addressing questionable pharmacist behaviour. What is not well known is that where prescriptions are issued using "Repeat Dispensing" via the Electronic Prescribing Service, pharmacists have a contractual obligation to check that all items are actually required before dispensing them. This can be enforced through breach notices etc. Rather than make life difficult for GP's and patients by preventing pharmacists requesting meds on behalf of patients, it would be better to encourage GPs to use the repeat dispensing facility which will save all concerned a great deal of administrative work and address wastage at the same time.

Posted date

05 Oct 2016

Posted time

10:15am

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