Anger over Pharmacy Guild script win

Hunt's policy reversal 'risks eroding optimal access to healthcare'

The Federal Government is facing a growing backlash over its refusal to allow patients to collect 60 rather than 30 days’ worth of prescription medicines per pharmacy visit after lobbying by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

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The proposal, covering 143 PBS-listed medicines, was drawn up by the PBAC and was meant to offer patients with chronic conditions “financial and convenience benefits”.

Savings for patients would have topped $200 million a year, but the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, shelved the plan after the guild claimed it was “catastrophic”

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