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Electronic repeat dispensing

Community pharmacies are likely to be experiencing an increase in electronic repeat dispensing (eRD), and patients whose prescriptions are moving to eRD may need advice and support on how to use the service as they adjust to the new arrangements.

GP practices have been advised by NHS England and NHS Improvement to discuss the changes with local community pharmacies.  

NHS England and NHS Improvement has written to community pharmacists and GPs to say the requirement for patients to consent to receiving their regular medication via eRD had been temporarily suspended until 30 June 2020. Any patient who is already receiving or who has agreed to receive electronic prescriptions may now begin to receive the regular medication in this way, subject to the practice confirming that the service is both clinically and practically appropriate for the patient. Practices may also seek consent and pharmacy nomination from patients who are suitable but currently receiving paper prescriptions.