If this headline represents the approach of the Scottish Government, well I worry.
It is doctors, not pharmacists, that are licensed to prescribe and to withdraw any prescription.
The scientific community shares the conclusion that it easier to start medications than to stop them.
Scotland’s Minister for Health would seem to be asking pharmacists (unregulated by the General Medical Council) to provide:
“stricter checks on medication involving addictive medications”.
Meantime, my profession and our regulators would seem to avoid issues such as:
- the continuing “education” of NHS doctors (those who are licensed to prescribe) by financially vested interests
- that withdrawal from psychotropic medications may precipitate (for some) a “relapse” with symptoms worse than those for which medication was first prescribed.
- that long-term exposure to psychotropic medication may have unforeseen consequences.
I am a worrier and I worry.