Allow GPs to dispense, says college

The RACGP says GPs should be allowed to dispense medicines as a better alternative to allowing pharmacists to run “one-stop healthcare shops".

The renewed push by the pharmacy industry to move beyond offering advice on the safe use of medicines has generated a fierce response from general practice.

In the latest shot fired in this war of words, the RACGP says if governments want to encourage "one-stop healthcare shops for the convenience of patients", GP clinics should be dispensing medicines.

“GPs already have the knowledge of medicines required to