Pharmacist independent prescribing: a community-based mental health clinic

A pharmacist independent prescriber describes his experiences in a community-based clinic for secondary care patients, mostly with affective disorders. A nurse prescriber and a consultant psychiatrist run clinics in tandem: he says there is a niche for pharmacist prescribers to see more complicated cases where people are taking multiple medicines and that more pharmacists could do this kind of work – although seeing patients like this and being responsible for them as a prescriber is outside the traditional comfort zone for many pharmacists.

Kirk S. Independent prescribing for secondary care patients in a community-based clinic. Br J Clin Pharmacy 2010; 2(11): 347-348.