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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 269 No 7225 p731
23 November 2002

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Prescribing given official go ahead

Pharmacists will be able to prescribe medicines on the National Health Service from next year and nurses will be able to prescribe a wider range of medicines.

Following consultations on its proposals for supplementary prescribing powers for pharmacists (PJ, 26 October, p593), the Department of Health announced full details of the scheme on 21 November, after The Journal had gone to press.

The announcement was made by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Lord Hunt at St Thomas' Hospital, London. In its consultation paper [MLX 284], the Department proposed that supplementary prescribers should share responsibility for the management of individual patients under a written clinical management plan agreed by the independent and supplementary prescribers and the patient.

Full details of the Department's announcement will be analysed in next week's issue of The Journal.

The outline curriculum for pharmacists wishing to become supplementary prescribers is also now available on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's website (www.rpsgb.org.uk) having been agreed by the Society's Council.

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