Only one in three pharmacies have undertaken MURs

Only one-third of pharmacies have claimed payment for the medicines use review (MUR) service in its first year, according to a study published in the Pharmaceutical Journal.

Asthma MUR fact pack
Asthma MUR fact pack

Although the study indicated that progress was being made with the provision of the new service, the numbers of MURs provided represented less than 7 per cent of the allocated maximum funding. Despite being two-thirds of the way through the second year of the service, the MUR provision is still only at 8 per cent of its allocated budget.

The research has shown where action is needed to make more effective use of the MUR service. A number of barriers to provision were identified including:

  • Lack of clarity about what constitutes an MUR.
  • Complexity of the documentation required for MURs and the fact that the confidential information could not be transmitted electronically to GPs.
  • A lack of integration of the work of community pharmacy and general practice.
  • A substantial gap between the number of pharmacists accredited to provide MURs and the number claiming payments.
  • Only half of the Primary Care Organisations surveyed had a strategy for medicines review and just over a half of these included community pharmacists in their strategy.

MIMS MUR guides
MIMS has produced a number of guides for pharmacists to assist them with MURs, including a fact pack on asthma produced in conjunction with Asthma UK and the PSNC.

To find out more and request your copy email medical.imprint@haymarket.com

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