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. (2002). 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

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.2042-7174.2002.tb00645.x
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Pharmacy
Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Health Sciences
Full Text Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2042-7174.2002.tb00645.x/abstract
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Published Date: 2002-09
Authors: Daniszewsi, R.
Langley, C.A. ( 0000-0002-0178-3778)
Marriott, J.F.
Wilson, K.A.
Clewes, P.
Wilkinson, M.

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