Chris Seeks Interventions Made Re NHS Pharmaceutical Waste Reduction
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2022 to Question 89696, if he will list the interventions which have been introduced in (a) community pharmacy and (b) general practitioner practices and the estimated annual savings achieved as a result.
The Regional Medicines Optimisation Committees were established in 2016 to support and optimise local prescribing practice and reduce unwarranted variation. In addition, community pharmacies offer the New Medicines Service, providing further support to patients newly prescribed certain medicines. The Discharge Medicines Service enables hospitals to refer recently discharged patients to a community pharmacy for support with new medication. Structured Medicine Reviews are offered by general practitioner (GP) practices and increasingly pharmacists as part of multi-disciplinary teams to review patients’ medication. Electronic Repeat Dispensing allows a GP to send repeat prescriptions to a patient’s pharmacy to manage the dispensing of the specific medicines required. No specific estimate of the annual savings has been made.
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