Frontline pharmacists: making a difference for people with long-term conditions

Royal Pharmaceutical Society, November 2016

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Royal Pharmaceutical Society

This report argues the case for community pharmacists being able to routinely prescribe medicines for people with long-term conditions and refer them directly to other health care professionals to ease the overwhelming demand facing the NHS. Currently, the care of people with long term conditions accounts for half of all GP appointments, 64 per cent of outpatient appointments and 70 per cent of all health and social care spending. The report estimates that up to £500 million of extra value could be generated if medicines were used in a more optimal manner in five therapeutic areas: asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, vascular disease and schizophrenia.

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