Our pharmacist successfully passes her independent prescribing course. In case you are not familiar with requirements in this area we will briefly explain. A pharmacist independent prescriber (PIP) is a pharmacist who has completed the relevant approved education and training to add an annotation to their entry in the register. A PIP may prescribe all medicines independently for any condition within their scope of practice and clinical competence. The exceptions to this are the three controlled drugs used to manage addiction (cocaine, dipipanone and diamorphine) and unlicensed cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs). (GPhC 2019)
Our pharmacist is ready to prescribe her first item. In her first week working as a PIP in community pharmacy, one of the local community nurses comes into the pharmacy and makes a request for some dressings for one of her patients. The patient is not present and in fact, resides in the care home nearby. The patient has a wound that the nurse is dressing. The nurse and our pharmacist go to the dressings section in the pharmacy and discuss options.
Our pharmacist has had no experience in prescribing wound dressings, has not been supervised to prescribe in this clinical area but has self-assessed this situation as being safe.
Is it appropriate in this case to prescribe if the patient is not present and has not been assessed by the PIP?
Given that this prescribing encounter just involves dressings do you think it is safe for our pharmacist to proceed?