Dispensing powers debate

The AMA has given seemingly tacit approval to a limited extension of pharmacists’ continued dispensing powers, but warns that safety must be paramount in any regulatory change.

Speaking on Radio 2GB this week, AMA president Professor Brian Owler said when asked about pharmacist prescription renewals' “it depends on the medication and it comes back to the issue of safety and making sure that the person actually providing the prescription rather than the dispensing knows about the patient's whole medical condition.”

“Where there's a simple renewal, I mean, there might be some scope to