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PJ Online homeThe Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 273 No 7308 p76
17 July 2004

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Scottish supplementary prescribing guide

A guide for implementing supplementary prescribing by pharmacists in Scotland has been published by the Scottish Executive.

It describes how supplementary prescribing will work, training requirements, good practice, ethics and other issues relating to supplementary prescribing. It does not mention how supplementary prescribing will be funded.

Under general principles, the guide says that it is for the independent prescriber to determine which patients may benefit from supplementary prescribing. It stresses that the independent and supplementary prescribers must agree an individual clinical management plan before prescribing begins. Regular clinical review should take place at pre-determined intervals, normally no longer than 12 months and less if antibiotics are included. Longer periods may be appropriate for some stable conditions.

Independent and supplementary prescribers should share access to, consult with and update the same common patient record, the guide says. All prescribing and monitoring activity should be recorded in this shared patient record, ideally within 24 to 48 hours. Community pharmacists should make arrangements with the GP practice to allow this recording and that shared electronic records are ideal but existing paper records or patient-held records can also be used. How the shared record is maintained is a matter of agreement between the independent and supplementary prescriber.

The guide is available on the Scottish Executive website and can be accessed as a PDF file (620K).

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