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Independent pharmacist prescribers can improve patient pharmacy care
  1. Jian Xiang Song1,
  2. Feng Yue1,
  3. Hua Xiao Zhou2,
  4. Hong Jian Ji3
  1. 1Pharmacy Department, The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University, Yancheng, Jiangsu, China
  2. 2Medicine Department, The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University, Yancheng, Jiangsu, China
  3. 3School of Pharmacy, The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University, Yancheng, Jiangsu, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hong Jian Ji, School of Pharmacy, The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University, Jiangsu Province, Yancheng, Jiangsu, China; hongjianji2006{at}163.com

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We read with great interest the recent study conducted by Turner et al,1 which analysed the prescribing errors made by independent pharmacist prescribers and medical prescribers. The results illustrated that independent pharmacist prescribers made significantly fewer prescribing errors than doctors. Based on these findings, we believe that independent pharmacists should be granted new responsibilities as part of efforts to improve doctor–patient relationships and patient pharmacy care.

Our institution is a tertiary general hospital in China that fills 1200 prescriptions per day in its outpatient pharmacy. The introduction of an electronic prescription system and an automatic drug delivery machine in 2014 led to considerable time and labour savings. However, patient satisfaction with the outpatient hospital pharmacy has not consistently increased according to a neutral …

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  • Contributors JXS: planned the article, discussed content, wrote and reviewed the article. FY: discussed content. HJJ, HXZ: helped to write the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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