Intended for healthcare professionals


A prescription for better prescribing

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 31 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:459

Pharmacy staff on ward rounds

The editorial has emphasized important issues. In hospitals there
should be adequate pharmacy staff to participate in ward rounds. I have
tried, occasionally successfully for this to be carried out. Entirely due
to lack of resources this was often difficult.

The advantages are

*Educates medical students and pre-registration doctors apart from
consultants in the most appropriate drug to be prescribed

*Encourages pharmacists to be more clinically participatory in patient

*Benefits patients through rational therapy and limits over prescribing

*Reduces expenditure on drugs

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

29 September 2006
J Andrews