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BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5016 (Published 24 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5016

UK physiotherapists and podiatrists to get prescribing rights: Physiotherapists and podiatrists in the United Kingdom could be the first in the world to be able to prescribe drugs for some conditions such asthma and pain, which would include analgesics and anti-inflammatories, under a proposal to extend prescribing responsibilities. The proposal comes after two public consultations last year and subsequent recommendations from the Commission on Human Medicines. The health minister Lord Howe said, “By introducing these changes, we aim to make the best use of [physiotherapists’ and podiatrists’] skills and allow …

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