Commissioners not using pharmacist prescribing skills

Pharmacists have told online pharmacy magazine C+D that “lack of will” on the part of commissioners is leading to independent prescribers’ skills being wasted. This follows publication of a workforce survey by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which found that 74% of pharmacist prescribers have prescribed at some point, with 61% prescribing in the previous year. The reasons given for not prescribing included lack of opportunities, changing circumstances and personal reasons.