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Medicines management: why is prescribing generally limited to 28 days' supply?

A 28-day supply of medicines is considered best practice, but with the holiday period on the horizon you may have to amend your prescribing practices to meet patient need, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths. 
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A 28-day supply of medicines is considered best practice, but with the holiday period on the horizon you may have to amend your prescribing practices to meet patient need, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths

A 28-day supply of medicines is not an absolute figure, but it is generally accepted as best practice as it enables medicines to be dispensed in sensible quantities.

It also allows for regular medication reviews, even for those who have been on stable doses of medicines for years, and as medicines which have been dispensed in the community cannot be taken back into stock, providing a 28-day supply helps ensure they aren't unnecessarily wasted.

Controlled drugs are also generally limited to a 28-day supply. As well as reducing wastage, this ensures tighter management and monitoring of the drugs

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