Why should resolution take so long?

From Mr R. Gould, MRPharmS

I write regarding the News item “Decriminalisation of dispensing errors will take two to three years, says DoH” (PJ, 2 February 2013, p98). Keith Ridge, the chief pharmaceutical officer for England, states the issue would be a priority for the newly formed pharmacy programme board. How far up the agenda is it then? This is a long-running saga and three years is far too long.

No pharmacist should ever be prosecuted for a genuine dispensing error and we should be calling for a speedier resolution to this. It makes me wonder if this issue would have a damaging effect not only on the current workforce but also on students.

Some of my friends no longer have the PJ to refer to and that is a sad state of affairs, so I am busy using social networking sites to spread this news and would encourage others to do the same. Social media is a terrific medium for spreading news and gaining comments.

Ron Gould


Citation: The Salvadore DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11117021

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