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Widespread political support for Scotland’s pharmacists

By Scotland correspondent

Scotland's pharmacists have received widespread political support following last week's comments by Labour MSP Jenny Marra that pharmacists are "methadone millionaires".

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Scottish Government minister with responsibility for drug strategy, said: "Pharmacists have, for many years, provided a valuable front-line service to patients on their road to recovery from drug addiction across Scotland. They are well placed to dispense and supervise administration of methadone to patients, due to their skills, training and expertise."

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie MSP, commented: "Pharmacists across Scotland are doing no more than implementing the policies that MSPs agreed on a cross-party basis. It is not easy work, it is not pleasant, but it benefits everyone. We need to be careful about demonising the work of pharmacists and demonising the methadone programme – it is part of the solution not part of the problem."

With the Scottish Conservatives also expressing support for pharmacists, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has been trying to clarify whether Ms Marra's comments represent the Labour Party's position. RPS representatives met with Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, Ms Marra and other Labour politicians on 20 November. However, the RPS was unable to comment on the outcome of that meeting when PJ Online spoke to a representative yesterday evening (20 November 2012).

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11111910

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