Nurse prescriber roles ‘ignored’

The pharmaceutical industry is failing to communicate with nurses despite the fact that they are set to overtake doctors as the main prescribers of drugs in the UK.

Speaking at a recent Pharmaceutical Marketing Society meeting, Janssen-Cilag supplementary prescribing manager Tina Billet said: ‘The pharmaceutical industry doesn’t accept what a big influence nurses already have in prescribing.’

She said there were 28,000 district nurses and health visitors involved in prescribing decisions and the Government aims to boost the number of supplementary prescribers from 2,500 to 10,000 within the next year.

Association of Nurse Prescribing chair Barbara Stuttle said the industry ‘cannot afford to ignore’ the role nurses play in prescribing.

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