South Lincolnshire CCG and South West Lincolnshire CCG recently discussed and approved changes to third party ordering for some patients, this is where community pharmacies are ordering repeats automatically on behalf of patients without necessarily checking with the patients that they need all the drugs on the repeat list. This has resulted in patients across the county accumulating large stockpiles of drugs, and in some incidences taking medication on a regular basis which is only required for occasional use.
In addition to these safety concerns, such prescribing is extremely wasteful. It has been estimated that nationally £90m worth of unused medicines are retained in patient's homes.
The CCG has asked for help by asking practices to no longer accept these repeat requests for the majority of patients, and instead for the patient/ carer to request the repeat order themselves, directly from the GP Practice
For further information please click on the link below:
Patient Leaflet - Restrictions on third party ordering