More flexible prescribing intervals and moving to dressing supply contractors and/or health board centralised schemes will be progressed by the Welsh Government in a move to reduce dispensing volumes across the nation.
The review of dispensing volumes in community pharmacies sets out initiatives to improve the use of the community pharmacy skillset and reduce unnecessary dispensing transactions, with a timetable for implementation starting in Spring 2022.
Priorities for action are classified under four broad themes:
- Reduce dispensing events in primary care: the Government concludes that there is little evidence that 28-day prescribing intervals reduce medicine waste, in fact, shorter intervals are said to have a negative impact on adherence to treatment
- Find more efficient ways to supply products, dressings and/or appliances where community pharmacy provides no added clinical value or efficiency
- Reduce the prescribing of items of low clinical value
- Direct supply of medication without prescription, or prescribing by appropriately trained pharmacists.