Pharmacists urged to improve medicine safety

A five- to 10-year action plan should be drawn up by pharmacists and other key healthcare providers to improve medicine safety, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB).

Photograph: istockphoto
Photograph: istockphoto

It also calls for:

  • More research into the prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines, taking medicines at home and effective monitoring and review systems to provide a clear clinical evidence base for improving medicine safety.
  • An integrated approach to safety that examines the context and systems in which errors occur rather than focusing on individual actions.

Professor Nick Barber, one of the report authors and a RPSGB council member, said: ‘Patients need help and guidance with medicine taking. They need to form partnerships with experts, to have access to clear, relevant information and to be provided with the latest research on their medicines.

‘Pharmacists are ideally placed to play a vital role in this process and to drive further progress on medicine safety.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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