Quilty calls for urgent hep C payment overhaul

Community pharmacists are putting their businesses at risk by dispensing the new hepatitis C drugs through the PBS, says Guild Executive Director David Quilty (pictured), who wants an overhaul of the payment system.

Almost seven weeks after the direct acting antiviral drugs (DAA) were launched on the PBS, many pharmacies are suffering cashflow problems because of tighter payment terms from wholesalers that conflict with the PBS and GST-reimbursement cycles.

And it’s only going to get worse over coming weeks as