GPs reject claim they are paid to enrol patients in drug programs

GPs have challenged assertions by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and Medicines Australia that doctors are being paid by pharmaceutical companies to enrol patients in medication compliance programs.

The claims followed reports last week that pharmacists are receiving computer prompts in GuildCare dispensing software to alert them when a patient is eligible to participate in a support program for a number of drugs made by Pfizer.

Pharmacists receive a $7 administration fee for each completed enrolment under the scheme, but a guild spokesperson said GPs also collected fees from drug companies to enrol patients on similar support programs.

“Up to 18 similar programs exist with pharmaceutical manufacturers through general practitioners where the doctor signs the patient up on behalf of a manufacturer and the doctor is paid a professional fee,” he said.

A Medicines Australia spokesperson confirmed such programs, and the associated