Pharmacy furore hots up

The furore over pharmacists’ bid to expand into paid primary care has heated up, with the industry’s peak professional body hitting back at the AMA view that the idea is “dangerous and irresponsible”.

The pharmacists want to give vaccinations and receive government funding for checking cholesterol and blood pressure, but AMA head Professor Brian Owler says this will fragment patient care, and undermine the doctor-patient relationship.

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia vice-president Joe

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