Nearly half of UK pharmacists want MURs scrapped

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UK pharmacists are demanding a change in the culture around provision of Medicines Use Reviews, Chemist + Druggist reports.

C+D polled its readers about MURs following controversy over allegations Boots was pressuring its pharmacists to peform the reviews where they were not necessary and aiming for the 400-a-year cap as a target.

45% of C+D readers told the pharmacy magazine that MURs were no longer “fit for purpose”.

Among the rest, 19% suggested reducing or removing payments for delivering MURs, and another 18% suggested stronger regulation. Another 18% said pharmacists require condition-specific guidelines regarding how to undertake the reviews.

A Twitter debate undertaken by C+D using the hashtag #MURabuse revealed the need for a culture change and new approach to MURs.

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