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DM+D should reflect prescribing intentions

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 tablets 500mg.

If the prescriber considers that patient compliance is helped by prescribing the caplets, then the DM+D should reflect that by including the product in its datafile.

Have any readers succeeded in getting around this problem and, if so, how?

Andrew Paxton

Lancaster

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11137458

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