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Drug Distribution and Prescription Handling

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Main conclusions


  • There is evidence that interventions in connection with prescription handling can save medication costs and costs incurred from contaction health services.
  • There is ample evidence that savings can be made by introducing dose dispensing.
  • Considerable quantities of unused and expired medication, which also have a significant financial value, are returned to community pharmacies.
  • There is evidence that user compliance is increasing and that users and carers are satisfied with dose dispensing.
  • There is ample evidence that pharmacists can, in connection with prescription handling, identify and solve technical and drug-related problems of clinical significance.
  • There is no evidence that community pharmacies can influence the number of unclaimed prescriptions by introducing various reminder systems for patients or doctors.
  • No studies were found on the effect of interventions on patient health and well-being, drug comsumption and drug-related problems.
  • There is evidence of frequent errors in hospitals prescription handled by Danish community pharmacies.
  • There is evidence that pharmacists spend a significant portion of their working hours responding to electronic drug related interaction alerts, most of which can be disregarded.


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