Electronic repeat dispensing (eRD) is an integral part of EPS, which offers many extra benefits over paper repeat dispensing and repeat prescribing.
- two-thirds of prescriptions issued in primary care are repeat prescriptions. These repeat prescriptions account for nearly 80% of NHS medicine costs for primary care
- 410 million repeat prescriptions are generated every year - equivalent to an average of more than 375 per GP per week
- it's estimated that up to 330 million, or 80%, of all repeat prescriptions could eventually be replaced with eRD
- this could save 2.7 million hours of GP and practice time