Pharmacists under-utilised as doctors struggle: PSA

Pharmacists are under-utilised and could fill existing health care gaps, the PSA believes, despite GP leaders continuing to snipe at attempts to expand pharmacy services.

Responding to claims made by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) that expanding pharmacy services into primary care would endanger patients, PSA vice-president Joe Demarte said that GPs were under “great strain” and patients could benefit from the skills and knowledge of pharmacists.

“Pharmacists do not want to take over the role of doctors, and to reduce discussion about our