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Response to: ‘Supporting adherence for people starting a new medication for a long-term condition through community pharmacies: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial of the New Medicine Service’ by Elliott et al
  1. Joseph Bush
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joseph Bush, Aston Pharmacy School, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK; j.bush2{at}

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The literature concerning the effectiveness of community pharmacy-based interventions is notable for its lack of high quality randomised studies. The publication by Elliott et al1 of a randomised controlled trial (RCT) examining the effectiveness of the New Medicine Service (NMS—a service designed to improve adherence to newly prescribed medications for long-term conditions) is therefore welcome.

The paper states that ‘the study is reported according to Consolidated Standards of Reporting …

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