GP loses legal battle to dispense PBS drugs

A group of pharmacies have blocked a Brisbane GP from obtaining the right to dispense prescription medications despite public support from patients.

Dr Rajeev Chhaya, owner of two practices in Logan on the outskirts of Brisbane, requested dispensing rights from the Federal Department of Health, arguing that poor public transport links made it difficult for his patients to obtain medications.

In an application to the department, he wrote: “We are a team of GPs in a large rural area made up of acreage blocks, and for the