Some pharmacists may see nurse prescribing as a threat to their own aspirations to prescribe. But it is becoming clear that nurse prescribing offers pharmacy more of an opportunity than a threat. One lesson it provides is that progress requires careful planning, realistic goals and the support of other health professions. Nurse prescribing came out of the Cumberlege report in the 1980s, which recommended that appropriately trained community nurses and health visitors should be able to prescribe from a limited list of drugs and appliances. The aim was to save nurses having to make time-wasting trips back to the general medical practitioner's surgery to obtain prescriptions for products about which the nurse often knew more than the GP. Proposals for pharmacist prescribing will also need to have an aim that clearly results in a better and more efficient service for patients.
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