An investigation of medicines returned to general practitioners and community pharmacies

Daniszewsi, R.; Langley, C.A.; Marriott, J.F.; Wilson, K.A.; Clewes, P. and Wilkinson, M. An investigation of medicines returned to general practitioners and community pharmacies. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 10 (S1), R42.

Abstract

Focal points: All returned medicines were monitored in eight community pharmacies and five general medical practices over a four-week period Returns were analysed for the type, quantity, absolute cost of the medicines, original quantity and date dispensed together with the reason for return A total of 298 items was returned to pharmacists and the reason for the return was a change or stop of therapy in 56 per cent of cases; 66 per cent of these were prescribed in a quantity of one month or greater A total of 42 items was returned to GPs and the reason for the return involved a change or stop of the therapy in 54 per cent of cases; 69 per cent of these were prescribed in a quantity of one month or greater Measures to implement a procedure to limit prescribed quantities upon initiation of therapy should help to reduce medicines wastage

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