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Some PCTs recommend GPs limit prescriptions to 28 days

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 13 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2410

Wake up London

It is a truth that London is another country. Its health system is
certainly alien to most other parts of the UK.
Most areas I am aware of moved to 28 day prescribing years ago as an
effective way of controlling repeat prescribing and monitoring patient
Long prescriptions impact on pharmacy stock controls, lead to high levels
of potentially toxic drugs in the home and time and time again have been
shown to waste money.

Competing interests: James is a dispensing doctor and also director in a Pharmacy. He might profit from shorter prescriptions by gaining more dispensing fees and he might profit from wholesale waste of drugs by prescribing large amounts. As a GP he will not profit from the NHS going bankrupt.

14 April 2011
James Cave