Pharmacy – Prescription Direction
‘Prescription direction’ occurs where a patient is being directed by their GP practice to a certain pharmacy to have their prescription dispensed.
Patients have a free choice between any community pharmacy and in some cases, a GP dispensary. Actions by practices seeking to influence a patient’s choice of pharmacy can undermine relationships with patients, as well as damaging trust and cooperation between healthcare professionals. Financial arrangements between community pharmacies and GP practices should be transparent.
The British Medical Association, the Pharmaceutical Service Negotiating Committee and Pharmacy Voice agree that guidelines to ensure proper prescription practices should be followed.
Providing advice that can be seen as prescription direction is against good practice. Whilst most of the following activities would be initiated by the practice, it is recognised that a pharmacy may often be involved. Pharmacy owners and pharmacists are also strongly advised not to request or become complicit in such activities.
Please see the following link for further information: http://bma.org.uk/practical-support-at-work/gp-practices/prescribing/prescription-direction