Delay for continued dispensing

The controversial move to allow pharmacists to dispense statins and the contraceptive pill without a current script is expected to be delayed until next year.

A Federal Government reform, the “medication continuance” plan was expected to be in place from July 1 and would allow pharmacists to dispense the drugs where there is an “immediate and ongoing need”.

It was designed to ensure patients can still access PBS subsidised medications without having to pay full price as they do under current emergency mechanisms.

However, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia has said none of the state and territory governments has passed the necessary legislations allowing pharmacists to dispense the drugs.

Pharmacy Guild national councillor, Toni Riley said: “Unfortunately each of the state and territory governments