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Should Pharmacists Be Allowed to Write Prescriptions?

Prescribing of medications has traditionally been restricted to physicians, but there is growing support to allow pharmacists to do so as well.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 12:01 am EDT
"Prescribing by pharmacists is well-advanced in many countries such as the UK. With the current shortage of doctors and the extensive clinical training of pharmacists, this is both appropriate for patient care and use of limited resources"

Prescribing of medications has traditionally been restricted to physicians, but there is growing support to allow pharmacists to do so as well. A British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology review of a large number of studies in many countries reveals that diverse groups of stakeholders hold positive views and experiences around pharmacist prescribing.

Stakeholders included pharmacists, patients, doctors, nurses, policy makers, and the general public. The main benefits identified in the review include increased access to healthcare services, perceptions of enhanced patients’ outcomes, better utilisation of pharmacists’ skills and knowledge, improved job satisfaction, and reduced physicians’ workload. Concerns were largely around organisational issues and perceived lack of pharmacists’ diagnosis skills.

“Prescribing by pharmacists is well-advanced in many countries such as the UK. With the current shortage of doctors and the extensive clinical training of pharmacists, this is both appropriate for patient care and use of limited resources,” said senior author Prof. Derek Stewart, of the Robert Gordon University (RGU) School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, in the UK. “This review is the first to collate the views and experiences of a diverse group of key stakeholders on pharmacist prescribing, the findings of which will inform development and implementation across the globe,” added lead author Tesnime Jebara, a PhD student at RGU who conducted the analysis.


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Link to Studyhttps://bpspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/bcp.13624

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Published on behalf of the British Pharmacological Society, the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology contains papers and reports on all aspects of drug action in humans: review articles, mini review articles, original papers, commentaries, editorials and letters. The Journal enjoys a wide readership, bridging the gap between the medical profession, clinical research and the pharmaceutical industry. It also publishes research on new methods, new drugs and new approaches to treatment.

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