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We welcome the Association of Supportive and Palliative Care Pharmacy’s (ASPCP) recent position statement that the perceived benefit of the anticipatory prescribing of a syringe pump (driver) does not outweigh potential risks.1 This is an area of practice which has needed clear national guidance for some time.2 The committee cited the following specific risks: - A lack of individualisation. - No anticipation of dose/drug changes between prescribing and initiation. - Administration errors. Given these risks, it is of concern that anticipatory syringe pump prescribing appears relatively common in some areas of the UK and is perhaps increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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