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Society to revise advice on 'homely remedies'

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is promising to review controversial guidance that asks GPs to authorise 'homely remedies' for individual patients in care and residential homes.

The move comes after a row broke out between the GPC and the society over its direction that GPs should authorise the use of over-the-counter remedies such as cough linctus and paracetemol.

The GPC instructed GPs to ignore the guidance because it was 'not considered to be an acceptable use of GP time or a relevant clinical request'.

Patients living in the community did not need authorisation to use OTC drugs and those in homes should be treated no differently.

Dr Roger Bulley, GPC prescribing subcommittee deputy chair, said homely remedy lists for individual patients was 'a crazy idea'.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society project manager for pharmaceutical practice guidance Liz Griffiths said the guidance was being reviewed.

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