‘Pharmacists in practices’ idea gets cold reception from doctors

DOCTORS have rejected the need for a push by pharmacists to be installed in general practices as part of a deeper overall involvement in the primary healthcare system.

The newly formed Pharmacist Coalition for Health Reform (PCHR), representing more than 20,000 pharmacists, launched a policy framework that hinges on giving pharmacists a more central role in the move towards allied health.

However, the coalition, whose membership includes the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia – which has previously advocated pharmacist prescribing – stopped short of pushing for pharmacists employed in practices to be

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