Dispensing GPs do not over-prescribe

There is no evidence of higher levels of prescribing for dispensing GPs compared with non-dispensing GPs, according to the Dispensing Doctors' Association (DDA).

Its analysis of the House of Commons Public Account Committee (PAC) report on prescribing found that DoH data show there is little difference in average costs, except for cases where dispensing doctors are prescribing expensive drugs.

Any incentives to prescribe more expensively have been removed. The DDA believes that this is the first time that the DoH has said dispensers are no different from non-dispensers.

- PAC report

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