Big questions over practice pharmacists

Australia is lagging behind the UK and other countries when it comes to integrating pharmacists into general practices.

That’s the view of the PSA, which has renewed its push for federal government funding for GPs to bring pharmacists into their practice.

The financial squeeze in general practice means only a handful of pharmacists work in this field, says PSA national vice-president Dr Chris Freeman, who works at a medical centre.

In contrast, the UK had spent 100 million pounds to facilitate pharmacists working in general practices. The US, Canada and New Zealand are also more progressive than