GP vs Pharmacist in chronic disease management debate

There has been a mixed reaction to the Victorian Pharmacist Chronic Disease Management pilot project, due to begin later this year, will allow pharmacists to adjust medication dosages within parameters set by a patient’s GP.

The pharmacists will carry out in-store INR, lipid, spirometry and BP tests. If the results hit the threshold set in the patient’s GP care plan, the pharmacist will adjust the patient’s medication regimen accordingly. Every patient interaction will be reported back to the GP.

Here a pharmacist and a GP share their