Andy Sharman
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 7, Iss. 5, 01 May 2015, pp 228 - 232

Many patients benefit, and will continue to benefit, as a result of paramedics being able to administer medicines under standards set by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, regarding the use of patient group directions (PGDs), patient specific directions (PSDs) and exemptions. It is not uncommon, however, for these mechanisms to prove ineffective. This can result in delays for patients receiving the care that is best suited to their individual needs.

This article looks at how independent prescribing by paramedics would allow patients to receive the care and medicines they need, resulting in a far greater number of patients benefiting from improved and more timely care and greater convenience.

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