Health and Sport committee’s supply and demand for medicines in Scotland inquiry – CCA response

The CCA has responded to the Health and Sport committee’s supply and demand in Scotland inquiry.

A key summary of our response is set out below:

  • The current system for the procurement of medicines in primary care works well, with shared margin arrangements fairly rewarding contractors for the effort they put into getting the best price for the Scottish Government.
  • Community pharmacists and their teams have an important role to provide clear information to patients to help them make meaningful choices and decisions about their treatment and to help people to get the benefits they want from their prescribed medicines.
  • Community pharmacists, and prescribers within community pharmacy, will be better placed to provide support with appropriate prescribing and the reduction of medicines wastage if they are connected to digitally interoperable systems, with the appropriate level of access to patient records.

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