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Pharmacists (Dispensing)

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what financial encouragement his Department gives to retailing chemists—pharmacists—to introduce more fool-proof methods of dispensing.

I am satisfied that the standard of dispensing achieved by retail pharmacists is such that no inducement, financial or other, needs to be given by the Department to secure improvements in their methods. Accurate and responsible dispensing is a function of their professional training, and regular monitoring and investigation of their dispensing practices, as provided in statutory regulations, show that pharmacists continue to give a professional standard of service.