King demands end to PBS cherry-picking

Pharmacies should be banned from cherry-picking more profitable PBS medicines and refusing to supply lower-margin drugs.

That’s one of the key recommendations of the interim report compiled by the King Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation.

Professor Stephen King’s three-person panel wants pharmacies to be obligated to provide all PBS-listed medicines for consumers.

The obligation would be embedded in professional guidelines and would also include products needed for the “safe use of a PBS medicine”.

Professor King says there is a reluctance to supply high