Date of prep: December 2020
Prescribing information and
adverse events reporting
For healthcare professionals only
In response to the following article:
Dear PIP Editor,
Patients are being put at risk due to how repeat prescription services are being managed. I agree with the experienced specialist mental health nurse in this case when she said excessive accumulations of prescription medication is a common occurrence and I have seen this in practice.
I do not think that community pharmacies should have the ability to order prescriptions on behalf of people. I have seen that system abused many times.
To ensure this type of case never happens again I would like to see regular medicines reviews in practice and also in the person’s home. Working across health and social care to highlight vulnerable people who would benefit from in-home consultations and support to manage their medicines.
I think ‘when required’ medicines should not be allowed on repeat.
Pharmacy in Practice is a UK pharmacy publication with its roots in Scotland.