The prevention of adverse drug reactions--a potential role for pharmacists in the primary care team?

J R Coll Gen Pract. 1981 Jul;31(228):429-34.


Medication record cards were kept for 1,366 patients over a three-year period at a neighbourhood pharmacy in north-west London. Eighty-six potential adverse drug reactions were detected. In 53 cases the general practitioner changed the prescription after being contacted by the pharmacist. In a further 15 cases advice intended to reduce the likelihood of an adverse drug reaction was given to the patients by the pharmacist. Seventy-six errors on prescriptions were also detected; these were mainly unintended changes in dose or strength of medication. Pharmacists could have a useful role to play in monitoring for potential drug reactions in general practice. Closer collaboration between the two professions would be of mutual benefit.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Drug Prescriptions
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions*
  • Family Practice
  • Female
  • Humans
  • London
  • Male
  • Medical Records
  • Medication Errors*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Pharmacy / methods*