Pharmacists’ role harmed by switch inertia

Australia is still lagging behind many comparable countries in improving consumer access to medicines, missing opportunities to boost medication self-management and the role of pharmacists, researchers say.

An analysis of OTC access to medicines with established safety profiles found some countries, such as New Zealand and the UK were proactive in medicines switching, but others, including Australia, had missed opportunities to “enhance consumer self-management”.

The researchers compared the current situation of medicine switching or