Non-pharmacist dispensing role must be ruled out, says NPA
TheÂ NPAÂ is calling on the government to rule out proposals that would allow non-pharmacists to supervise the supply of prescription-only medicines.
The call comes afterÂ the reportÂ which found that NHS-wide medication errors are leading to the deaths of thousands of people each year. Â Â
Commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care the report says the errors - in hospitals, care-homes, pharmacies and GP surgeries Â â€“ also cost the NHS Â£1.6bn.
However, in the months leading up to todayâ€™s announcement government officials were drawing up detailed proposals to allow pharmacy technicians to supervise prescription-only medicine supply.
AnÂ NPAÂ spokesman said: â€œCommunity pharmacists are the last line of defence against medication errors, dispensing more than a billion prescription items each year and clinically checking each one.
â€œThey use their professional judgement and expertise to query about 6.6m of those items, helping avoid many incidents that might otherwise have resulted in serious harm.
â€œPharmacy technicians are a valued part of any pharmacy team but itâ€™s hard to see how removing medicines experts from the supply process can improve patient safety.
â€œSuchÂ proposals must be ruled out.â€