Call for parity between nurse and pharmacist prescribers

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) has called on Gordon Brown to introduce parity between nurses and pharmacists in the prescribing of controlled drugs.

Currently, nurses can prescribe controlled drugs in certain conditions as independent prescribers, but pharmist prescribers cannot.

The society believes that the current situation disadvantages patients and has submitted evidence to the prime minister's commission on the future of nursing and midwifery, highlighting the existing discrepancies.

Howard Duff, the RPSGB director for England, said: ‘Allowing pharmacist independent prescribers the ability to prescribe controlled drugs will expand access to important medicines which improve quality of life by helping manage chronic conditions.

‘At a time when pressure on the primary care team is increasing day by day, we see this extension of the pharmacists' role as vital in its ability to further support community based medicines.'

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