Prescription Charges

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 16 July 2010.

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Photo of Richard Simpson Richard Simpson Labour

Question S3W-34751

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-33213 by Shona Robison on 28 April 2010, what plans it has to implement electronic prescribing for (a) information prescriptions, (b) minor ailment prescriptions, (c) long-term condition prescribing by pharmacists and (d) non-medical prescriptions.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

The ePharmacy Programme has introduced electronic prescribing for GPs, who generate 90% of all prescriptions. In relation to other types of prescriptions:

(a) information prescriptions do not currently exist in Scotland.

(b) prescriptions for minor ailments are electronically generated by community pharmacists as part of the Minor Ailment Service (MAS).

(c) and (d) currently the ePharmacy Programme does not support non medical prescribers which includes pharmacist prescribers. We are considering the future scope of the programme and non medical prescribers are part of that review.

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