Could pharmacists take over BP management from GPs?

Pharmacists are willing and able to take over blood pressure management from GPs, an Australian study shows.

In a proposed extension to their scope of practice, pharmacists with special training could confidently take on prescribing for patients with uncomplicated hypertension, according to a preliminary evaluation involving 30 pharmacists.

Such a move would relieve some of the burden of GPs and allow them to focus more on complex patients, say pharmacy researchers from the University of Technology, Sydney.

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