Generics to become default as government tinkers with practice software
Generic drugs would become the default setting on GP software under a Federal Government plan to cut prescribing costs.
The move is rumoured to form part of a $1.8 billion savings deal with the pharmaceutical industry that will be unveiled in next week’s Federal budget.
Pharmacists are embracing the idea, but AMA vice-president Dr Tony Bartone warns it will restrict doctors’ autonomy and independence.
“By changing the default option, the government is suggesting that they will interfere with clinical decision making."