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Pharmacists state ambition to expand their role in community health

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d274 (Published 17 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d274
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

A persistent failure to make full use of the knowledge of pharmacists has long been one of the profession’s recurrent preoccupations. The latest attempt to revive it was launched on 13 January with a morning seminar on the future of pharmacy, followed by two evening lectures, events organised by the University of London’s School of Pharmacy.

The school’s professor of pharmaceutical and public health policy, David Taylor, told the seminar that he foresaw a bright future for GPs and community pharmacists in collaborating to improve public health. But some problems first needed to be overcome, he said.

“Our challenge to bodies like the Royal College of …

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