Rural pharmacists push back against 60-day prescriptions

They are concerned there will be negative consequences for pharmacies and patients

Members of the Rural Pharmacy Network Australia (RPNA) are growing increasingly concerned about the possibility of 60-day dispensing of common medications.

Rural pharmacists

If introduced, pharmacy remuneration would be more than halved in some cases, leading to reduced opening hours and job losses, it says in a statement that claims some pharmacies would close while patients would have to pay more.

Rural pharmacist Michael Troy, of Southside Pharmacy Grafton in NSW, says patients will have to start paying for services that are currently free, such as home delivery