Pharmacy manning the barricades

Pharmacists around Australia are rallying to protect Australia's most vulnerable patients from planned PBS changes which could see medication costs skyrocket.

University of Canberra Pharmacist Andrew Topp says typical pensioner patients may see their annual drug bill treble or quadruple due to the government’s stated objective of reducing the number of people reaching the PBS safety net.

“Currently patients’ drug costs are largely capped to the current safety net of $366. Under the proposed changes this spend will increase