Concern over calls to shift asthma care from 'GP-centric' model

New discussion paper suggests involving community pharmacists in the development of patients' action plans

Community pharmacists should have a greater role in managing asthma, including authority to sign off on patients’ written action plans, according to provocative proposals from stakeholders.


An exploratory discussion paper released by the National Asthma Council Australia in February suggests handing more responsibility to pharmacists, rethinking guidelines and rescheduling key pharmacotherapies.

The paper reflects the views of 12 individual contributors, ­including GPs and pharmacists, who expressed frustration with the suboptimal uptake