06 / 12 / 2013
This guidance highlights the potential benefits of repeat dispensing to GP practices and patients, and provides ten top tips for successful implementation. It has been produced jointly by NHS Employers, the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.
The community pharmacy repeat dispensing service offers potential benefits to prescribers, practices and patients for the safe and efficient continued supply and management of regular medicines.
Two thirds of prescriptions generated in primary care are for patients needing repeat supplies of regular medicines and these amount to a significant workload for general practices. The repeat dispensing service is designed to ensure clinical supervision is maintained by means of appropriate patient selection criteria and robust standard operating procedures within the pharmacy.