Doctors agree not to dispense for profit

This is despite feeling 'under assault' from pharmacists

Doctors have agreed that they should not dispense for profit, despite what is described as an assault by pharmacists on GP turf.

Delegates at the recent AMA national conference supported a motion preventing doctors from dispensing medicines for material gain.

Writing in Australian Medicine, AMA ethics and medicolegal committee chair Dr Chris Moy says he is “thankful” delegates supported the decision rather than try to compete with pharmacists.

GPs feel “under assault” from pharmacists encroaching into their territory of vaccinations and sick certificates, he says, and some may feel opposing dispensing for profit “is a surrender to the pharmacists”.

But there is clear potential for doctors who profit from dispensing to overprescribe and the ensuing conflict of interest could undermine patient trust.

“As the AMA, we consistently highlight the conflicts of interest of pharmacists who