In response to the following article:
Dear PIP editor,
This was a very interesting and thought-provoking read Johnathan. Community pharmacists are often, in my opinion, asked to manage a lot with a great deal of clinical pressure. Unfortunately, this is often expected despite little or no multidisciplinary team support or communication.
Hopefully with the development of data collection and a greater understanding of patient medication use over the next few years, as you suggest, we can reach a point where there is more coherent working between community-based pharmacy practitioners and practice-based practitioners.
This would empower a whole workforce to manage risk reduction in asthmatic patients as part of daily routine rather than an additional service to strive for.
Sarah is based in Glasgow and runs an independent pharmacotherapy service.