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Advice for dispensing GPs

Please note that this guidance is currently under review

Guidance on dispensing for GPs and workbooks and guides to foster improved communication between GP practices and community pharmacists.


Increase for NHS prescription charges - 1 April 2018

The Department of Health in England announced on 28 February 2018 that the charge for a single prescription will increase by 20p from £8.60 to £8.80 for each medicine or appliance dispensed.

This increase will come into effect on 1 April 2018.

The BMA believes it would be best to abolish prescription charges in England - they have already been abolished in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Read the full details on GOV.UK


Prescribing in general practice

Doctors have specific clinical rights and responsibilities in relation to prescribing. This guidance contains FAQs on prescribing of use to doctors as well as answering general issues around prescribing when dealing with queries from patients.

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Community pharmacies and the pharmaceutical industry

The community pharmacy and the GP practice

Covering key areas such as funding arrangements, the impact of prescribing policies and clinical and administrative functions, these guides will assist in developing more effective working relationships and in turn, improve primary care services for patients.

The GP practice - a guide for community pharmacists and pharmacy staff


Guidance for the implementation of repeat dispensing

This guidance explains briefly but clearly what repeat dispensing is, how suitable patients might be identified and the potential benefits. It also gives the tops ten tips for successful implementation; which have been suggested by GPs, practice managers and pharmacists.

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Prescription direction - maintaining good practice

A joint statement from the BMA, Pharmaceutical Service Negotiating Committee and Pharmacy Voice on prescription direction which illustrates activities to avoid in order to maintain good practice.

Read the joint statement


Community pharmacy advanced services - Medicines Use Reviews and the New Medicine Service

This briefing has been written to provide information for GP practices about advanced services provided by community pharmacies in England under the NHS structures implemented in April 2013. This guidance has been developed jointly by NHS Employers, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) and the General Practitioners Committee (GPC).

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Improving communication between community pharmacy and general practice

A workbook produced jointly by the BMA and NPA which describes various Community Pharmacy-GP interactions, and highlights some principles of good practice. The intention is that pharmacists and GPs should work through this book together to identify local challenges and formulate solutions. It could be used at a meeting of local practices and pharmacies, or alternatively between Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) and LMCs.

Download the workbook


Best practice for ensuring the efficient supply of medicines to patients

This joint guidance on managing the supply chain of medicines is relevant to Prescribers, dispensing doctors, pharmacists, manufacturers and wholesalers.

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Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries (ABPI) code of practice

A key change to the ABPI Code of Practice came into effect in 2012. Pharma companies now have to collect and declare (annually) aggregate total amounts paid to health professionals and others for services such as speaker fees and participation in advisory boards. Companies must also declare sponsorship for attendance at meetings organised by third parties.

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