Pharm.D(Doctors) in GP surgeries reduce medication errors.

Revolution Pharmd suggests that there should be a Pharmacist in each GP surgery.Revolution Pharmd suggests that there should be a Pharmacist in each GP surgery. 5% of prescriptions written by GPs contain a mistake. Nowadays GPs are so busy that repeat prescribing is not one of their priorities (worrying, but true). Increasing pressures,the time that GPs have to review patients’ medicines and sign prescriptions is gradually being eroded. At the same time, patients are living longer — with an increasing number of long-term conditions and more complex pharmaceutical regimens.
Do GPs really have the time and expertise to dedicate to this? I really don’t think so.

Pharmacist can help them to reduce the costs of their prescribing, auditing the quality, safety and efficacy of prescribing, running clinics (which usually involve a review of patients’ medicines) and authorising repeat prescriptions.We can offer a full-time role in a GP surgery,we should  show them that having a pharmacist doing this would help improve quality and safety, as well as help lower prescribing costs. It makes perfect sense for us to take on this role, which GPs find onerous and time-consuming. 

Research suggests that prescribing errors can be reduced by up to 50% by having in-house pharmacists in GP surgeries. Knowing that prescribing errors can have a detrimental effect on patient care, which can in turn lead to costly hospital admissions, this model of care should surely be rolled out nationally.Surgeries should employ medicines management Pharmacists to help reduce the burden of prescribing, run clinics for long-term conditions, perform face-to-face medication reviews, reauthorise repeat prescriptions, deal with medication-related queries from patients and colleagues, and carry out audits to help improve the safety and effectiveness of prescribing. 

 So, the simple solution would be for every GP surgery to have a practice pharmacist (a suggestion made by RevolutionPharmd).