Claims pharmacist scripts have led to deaths in UK

As Aussie pharmacists push for prescribing rights, a British indemnity fund has warned of a number of critical incidents involving GP clinic-based pharmacists

Patients have died due to inappropriate prescribing by pharmacists who often overestimate their competence, according to a UK-based pharmacy indemnity provider.


The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has issued urgent guidance to its members following a number of critical incidents involving GP practice-based pharmacists.

The guidance was necessary, given many pharmacists were considering a move to general practice work, or were in the process of obtaining their independent prescribing qualification, it said.