The UK’s ever-changing prescribing landscape

‘More’ is a well-used word when it comes to talking about prescribing. In primary care, there has been an approximate doubling of the number of prescriptions dispensed over 20 years or so. And it’s not just more pills being handed out, but more prescribers and more drugs to choose from. Not so long ago, prescribing was the sole remit of doctors. But the introduction of supplementary, and subsequently independent, prescribing has seen prescribing expand to include initially nurses, followed by a wide range of other healthcare professionals such as pharmacists, dietitians and physiotherapists to name just a few…

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