Pharmacists need support with euthanasia plans

The PSA will work with the Victorian government to ensure pharmacists are properly supported if proposed euthanasia laws are passed.

Important issues are ownership of lethal doses and conscientious objection, says PSA president Dr Shane Jackson.

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews says his government will all 66 recommendations drafted by an advisory panel.

These include a pivotal role for pharmacists who would dispense the lethal dose of medicine in a lockable box and counsel patients on how to take the dose.

Pharmacists would also have to dispose of unused medication and there are onerous reporting requirements as part of the checks and balances to ensure patients aren’t coerced into suicide.

Dr Jackson says there is still a “long way to go” before the recommendations become law.

They have already hit their first major hurdle, with the deputy premier telling a