Pharmacists have had the opportunity to train as independent prescribers since 2006. Since then many pharmacists have achieved the qualification. This is the first in a series of professional dilemmas that will seek to understand how pharmacists would approach certain situations in relation to being an independent prescriber.
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Despite all the early hiccups, our pharmacist is feeling confident. Indeed she is so confident that she has decided to launch a community pharmacy asthma service. This service is a private service and she has decided to charge her patients only if a prescription has been prescribed. Click here to […]
Most community pharmacists do not currently have access to the patient record. Click here to complete the dilemma
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The patient now has tremendous faith in our prescribing pharmacist so when her deafness continues and actually seems to be getting worse she returns a week later. This time our pharmacist treats this as a standalone presentation and does a full consultation followed up by an examination of both ears. Notable findings are the […]
The problem of medicine shortages in the UK community pharmacy is well known. It is extremely time-consuming for pharmacy teams and often leads to delays in supply or the requirement for the patient to receive an alternative medicine as a substitute. One of the really handy things about being a prescriber is the […]
Our pharmacist works like many pharmacists in relative isolation in community pharmacy. Whilst she has a good relationship with the GP partners in the neighbouring surgery there is no formal supervision arrangement in place. Click here to continue the dilemma
Our PIP is now two months into practising as an independent prescriber. She has prescribed for a range of conditions including an acute asthma exacerbation, tonsilitis and sinusitis and has backed up her work by completing a number of relevant e-learning modules. Click here to continue the dilemma