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An opportunity lost

From Mrs S. M. Gulliver, MRPharmS

Monty Goldin (PJ, 7 September 2013, p211) seems a bit hard on medicines use reviews, a service that could be highly beneficial to patients, but he does make some valid points. I am sure most of us will relate to the fact that people who are taking their medicines exactly as they should are happy to have an MUR, and those who are clearly in a bit of a muddle are always “parked on a double yellow line”, “meeting their daughter in town in five minutes” or “seeing the doctor tomorrow so it’s not worth talking to the pharmacist today”.

If we could make MURs compulsory, I am sure we could improve patient adherence, understanding, etc, but, as it is, we are forced into cajoling people (and then having to ask them to give their written consent, which baffles many of them).

I agree with Mr Goldin that, if we could be employed by GPs to do genuine medicines reviews in the surgery, the service would have been much better received and would have achieved much more in extending the pharmacist’s role and credibility, as well as releasing the doctor’s time to do other things we are not trained for. As it is, MURs have earned the reputation of being a nice little earner that is of no real use. This is an opportunity lost for pharmacy, I believe.

Sue Gulliver

Salisbury

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11127380

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