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Online Pharmacies
Date: June 19, 2019
Online pharmacies

The Pharmacist reported on the new rules for online pharmacies issued by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to tighten up the regulations. However, GPC are concerned that this is putting GPs in the position of policing the prescribing of online pharmacies when it comes to high-risk medicines, and Andrew Green, GPC prescribing policy lead said: “‘A situation where patients can pick their preferred drug “off the shelf”, often with little or no medically correct information available, represents a potentially grave threat to their health. The suggestion from the GPhC that GPs authorise the provision of high-risk medication before issue is inappropriate, it is not the function of NHS GPs to police the prescribing of others, and it would be better to blacklist the supply of addictive drugs through this route.” This was also reported by Chemist and Druggist.