Cooperation between pharmacists and general practitioners benefits patients

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7106.489 (Published 23 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:489
  1. Colette McCreedy, Head, practice divisiona
  1. a National Pharmaceutical Association, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3NP

    Editor—David Kernick suggests that community pharmacies should be abolished with dispensing being left to doctors and the sale of non-prescription drugs left to supermarkets.1 Thankfully, most general practitioners disagree and recognise the value of pharmacists.

    Pharmacists have an important role in primary care, and this complements the roles of other healthcare professionals. During their four year education (soon to be extended to five years) pharmacists develop an understanding of all aspects of drug treatment; they know more about this …

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