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Pharmacists could be allowed to prescribe high dose statins under NHS plan

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5447 (Published 05 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5447
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Community pharmacists could be given the power to prescribe high dose statins as part of a drive to reduce heart disease and stroke, the chief executive of NHS England has announced.

In a speech to the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester on 4 September, Simon Stevens said that the NHS would carry out a review to examine the feasibility of the plan. The findings will be presented to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) which will have the final say on the proposals.

The review will be led by chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge and newly appointed director of primary care Nikki Kanani.

Stevens said: “Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals who are greatly …

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