GPs alarmed as pharmacy renews push for right to prescribe

Guild's wish list of reforms includes allowing patients to buy contraceptives without a script

Doctors are warning of a renewed push for pharmacist prescribing as part of a Queensland state government inquiry.

The inquiry, which will report in September, is looking at creating a new state-based pharmacy watchdog, with powers to determine pharmacists' scope of practice.

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has submitted a wish list of reforms it wants examined, which includes allowing patients to buy contraceptives and sildenafil without a prescription from a doctor.

In its submission, the guild has also asked the inquiry to look at the use of pharmacists in wound and pain management, point-of-care testing, issuing repeat scripts and adjusting prescription dosages under protocols developed by doctors.

It also suggests looking at pharmacists administering vaccines under the National Immunisation Program.

“This is the thin end of the wedge,” says AMA Queensland president