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Shortage of drugs led pharmacists to warn "the consequences could be further hospital admissions or even fatalities"         "They will not explain their imposed quota system and they will not discuss the issue directly." Shortages were "out of hand and nearing catastrophe" - Andrew McCoig, the chief executive of the NHS pharmaceutical committee for Merton, Sutton         "Before the introduction of manufacturers' quotas, the market for medicines worked effectively. No longer can patients be assured that if they walk into a pharmacy their medication will be available immediately or within an acceptable timescale." - Calderdale and Kirklees local pharmaceutical committee         Four in five NHS trusts in England & Wales say patients are suffering "unacceptable" delays for drugs         Lives at risk by shortage of critical medicines because pharmaceutical companies are rationing drugs, NHS leaders warn         A survey of 60 NHS authorities found that the shortage was doing patients "serious harm", with patients facing delays of up to 6 months - (The Telegraph 22 June 2012)         Imposed rationing to stop sale of drugs abroad has made the shortages much worse, say NHS leaders and pharmacies. - (The Telegraph 22 June 2012)         "The current restriction in supply imposed by drug companies is harming the public and must be addressed urgently." - Prof John Parkes, the chief executive of NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire

Pharmacy Professional

 

The profession pays for and is represented by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), the General Pharmaceutical Society (GPhC), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), the Company Chemists Contractors Association, Local Pharmaceutical Committees, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) and a dozen more niche associations.

 

Despite more representative organizations than almost any other profession, the profession is less regarded than ever before. The government does not see pharmacy as vital to its economic reforms and the public see pharmacies as part trade and part profession who’s main job is to hand out tablets.

 

Three white papers on pharmacy in the last twenty years and yet the profession has struggled to prove its worth. Accuracy Checking Technicians have taken the role of checking and dispensing tablets so the role of the pharmacist has been undervalued and undermined.

 

When a pharmacist intervenes to prevent a doctor's visit, where is the proof and economic evidence of the financial savings and the additional productivity gained as a result from the patient being able to continue work?

 

When we do an MUR, where is the evidence of the savings to the NHS as a result of the improved compliance, reduction in medicine wastage or inappropriate prescribing? The MUR goes to the doctor who in turn implements changes and shows an improvement on the surgeries QOF performance and adherence to budget.

 

Pharmacists see more asymptomatic people than any other profession. Patients go to doctors when they are ill and are then referred. Pharmacists can spot problems before they become symptomatic. We can advise on lifestyle improvements and nutritional advice to improve mortality. We can conduct asthma clinics to reduce cardiac complications, we can do primary screening for hypertension and hyperlipidemia. A £15 test for full lipids plus the resulting statin for 10 years is cheaper than the direct cost of treating heart disease and the lost productivity of a heart patient.

 

However, as a profession we have lacked vision and failed to prove the value we can add to society and health of the UK economy. We need to unite together and evidence how good we are.

 

BIPWA would like to represent the profession and provides advice on how we may unite to show our worth. The website has reporting forms and SOP's for how we should conduct ourselves.

 

We need your support in terms of conduct and by asking you to follow the advice and offer services without payment for now but provide us with the evidence which we in turn will present to the government.

 

We can do nothing waiting for the funds first, as we have for the last 30 years or we can provide the evidence and demand respect and funds.

 

It’s your choice and your profession. 

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