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Andrew Paxton

MRPharmS, Lancaster

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  • My concerns with changes to the conscience clauseSubscription

    17 JAN 2017Comments (1)

    I read with interest about the proposed change to the conscience clause for pharmacists (The Pharmaceutical Journal online, 22 December 2016). This concerns me. I have been a Christian for 59 years and a pharmacist for 36 years. One of the reasons I chose pharmacy was that, unlike medic

  • DM+D should reflect prescribing intentionsSubscription

    19 APR 2014

    I am fortunate that I work in Cumbria, where the electronic prescriptions service is running well. However, the system relies on there being entries in the Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (DM+D) for the products prescribed. Some products do not appear because the prescribing is not specific enough, such as Gaviscon Advance without specifying the flavour. But one product that never appears is paracetamol caplets 500mg. This is because the product is considered to be just paracetamol tablet

  • EPS’s crooked spineSubscription

    Online, February 2014

    It has been noticeable to everyone struggling with the electronic prescription service over the past few weeks how unreliable the NHS “spine” has been. Hardly a day has gone by without a text message or email from the service notifications of the Health and Social Care Information Centre apologising for service delays or interruptions. If the EPS is going to succeed, as I hope it will, the IT needs to be improved drastically. Andrew Paxton Lancaste

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