Community pharmacies in England put patients' interests first by refusing to sell an OTC product on over 13 million occasions last year, according to a study.
The Pharmacy Voice study used data from pharmacies' annual practice-based audit. Other key findings include:
Pharmacy Voice chief executive Rob Darracott said: “This year’s survey provides yet more insight into how community pharmacists and their teams continue to make use of their clinical expertise and put patient need ahead of commercial interests. The data also shows the role that community pharmacies are playing as the first port of call in supporting the public to care for themselves, helping to reduce demand and pressure on other services such as GPs.
“We hope that the government considers the lynchpin role that community pharmacy plays in the local healthcare community when reviewing their pharmacy reform proposals.”