New pharmacy drug swap powers 'could put patients at risk'

A serious shortage of metformin has triggered a new TGA rule that over-rides GP scripts

GPs have been caught on the hop by a landmark TGA decision permitting pharmacists to substitute metformin formulations and dosage strengths during the current supply crisis.

New pharmacy drug swap powers ‘could put patients at risk’

Shortages of multiple brands of modified-release metformin 500mg are expected to continue to December.

In response the regulator has stated that, until the end of July, pharmacists can swap a 500mg daily dose of modified-release metformin for the same dose of the immediate-release

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