Pharmacist push to dispense S4 drugs without a script

Pharmacists may soon be allowed to dispense a range of S4 medications without a prescription if the Pharmacy Guild has its way.

The organisation wants its proposed “prescription-except-when” model to extend beyond codeine to other prescription drugs.

In a submission on proposed TGA scheduling reforms, it recommends an appendix be added to the schedule with a list of S4 medicines that can be supplied without a prescription using set protocols.

The Guild points to increased flu vaccination rates since pharmacists began vaccinating as