Practice pharmacists seen as source of conflict

A push for pharmacists to be incorporated in GP practices could reduce nearby community pharmacies to mere dispensers of medicines.

That’s the concern raised by the Small Pharmacies Group as the federal government nuts out its health care homes model.

And the PSA has proposed a model in which general practices would be paid up to $125,000 a year to employ non-dispensing pharmacists to provide medicine-related professional services.

While the idea has been welcomed by many, the Small Pharmacies Group is worried.

It fears the model will place general practice and community pharmacy in direct competition.

Group spokesperson Katie Stott says many of the services the PSA has earmarked  – such as medicine reviews, counselling on medication concerns and smoking cessation – are already offered in community pharmacies.

“We are concerned that this model has the