Independent pharmacist prescribing in primary care

How can independent pharmacist prescribing be supported in primary care, as some pharmacist prescribers struggle to develop their roles and overcome barriers? In this interesting article, consultant pharmacist for cardiovascular disease Helen Williams describes how she works in primary care to develop prescribing roles for pharmacists, to convince GPs to commission pharmacist prescribing services – in the case of one of the new clinics, funding has now been taken over by a GP practice – and to support all prescribers. She describes how, for example, they have been able to demonstrate improvements in overall QOF achievements for blood pressure control in GP practices associated with the clinics she has been involved in setting up.

Williams H. How independent prescribing can be nurtured in primary care. Clinical Pharmacist 2010; 2: July/August: 264-266