Prescribing of medications has traditionally been restricted to physicians, but there is growing support to allow pharmacists to do so as well. A British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology review of a large number of studies in many countries reveals that diverse groups of stakeholders hold positive views and experiences around pharmacist prescribing.
Stakeholders included pharmacists, patients, doctors, nurses, policy makers, and the general public. The main benefits identified in the review include increased access to healthcare services, perceptions of enhanced patients’ outcomes, better utilization of pharmacists’ skills and knowledge, improved job satisfaction, and reduced physicians’ workload. Concerns were largely around organizational issues and perceived lack of pharmacists’ diagnosis skills.