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DDA conference looks at PCNs and their effect on medicines prescribing

Service specifications examined

October 9th 2019

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By Ailsa Colquhoun

Today, on day one of the DDA 2019 annual conference, DDA Board member Mark Stone will look at the likely effect of PCNs on the prescribing of medicines.

In his presentation entitled  ‘Dispensing doctors and primary care networks’, Mr Stone covered aspects such as the specification for structured medication reviews and optimisation (to reduce poly pharmacy and improve antibiotic stewardship) and for pharmacist input into enhanced health in care homes.

A pharmacist partner at the Tamar Valley Health Practice in East Cornwall, Mr Stone pointed out that there are already significant cost efficiencies in primary care where the cost of medicines dispensed in the community for 2018 has declined on 2017 ( by 3.7 per cent) compared to the 10.8 per cent increase in the cost of medicines issued by hospitals. This is despite key demand growth drivers such as old age, adult obesity and the potential for an ‘opioid epidemic’ in the UK.

View the 2019 DDA conference presentation: dispensing doctors and primary care networks.


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