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GPs censured over online pharmacy recommendation

A GP practice using electronic prescriptions has been given a stern warning for recommending an online pharmacy company to patients but not mentioning any local outlets.

NHS South East London has censured a surgery in Lambeth, London, which wrote to patients to tell them that their prescriptions could be sent to Pharmacy2U.

A spokesperson for NHS South East London said: ‘Prescribers should not seek to persuade a patient to nominate a certain dispenser. Instead if a patient asks the prescriber to recommend a dispenser, then the prescriber should provide the patient with a list of all the dispensers in the area who provide the electronic prescription service.

‘Patients are then free to nominate a pharmacy of their choice. We have been in contact with the practice in question to reiterate the regulations.’