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Scottish GPs prescribe more now but spend less

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f539 (Published 24 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f539
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Family doctors in Scotland have cut the cost of prescribing by 11% at a time when the number of prescriptions issued has risen by a third.

The savings have been achieved by improving the management of GPs’ prescribing, including GPs getting regular feedback on their prescribing and most having support from pharmacists. From 2004 to 2012 the quantity of drugs prescribed rose by 33% to 3.2 billion defined daily doses …

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