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Dr Ray Vella is one of a growing number of GPs offering patients a choice of pharmacies for repeats through the electronic prescription service (EPS). Now he has discovered a welcome benefit from Pharmacy2U – a reduction in medication wastage.

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Dr Vella, of The Surgery in Beckenham, was one of the first GPs to test the electronic prescriptions service when it was first piloted in 2002. He says:rn

“Now it is in place across England, and it is working well. It has increased choice for patients – they can nominate any pharmacy they want to dispense their repeat prescriptions, including an online pharmacy such as Pharmacy2U.

“I have found Pharmacy2U’s reordering system particularly effective in cutting down on drugs wastage at the practice. This is because Pharmacy2U always checks with the patient first before requesting repeats from us. In that way, only the items that the patient wants are prescribed and dispensed.”

rnDr Vella said some other local pharmacies automatically reordered when drugs were “not necessarily needed. Patients are in hospital, or have died, and repeat ordering is still going on. That is a complete and utter waste of money.”

It was a matter of great local concern among GPs, he added.rn

“I was at a meeting of GPs and pharmacists recently where it was an important topic. Drug bills are going up and up and wastage is a major issue. I think Pharmacy2U’s reordering system is the correct way of doing things.”

rnClick the video above to watch Dr Vella discussing this issue