It's a rivalry that at times matches the Montagues and the Capulets for intensity. After a brief romantic spell, battle lines have been redrawn in a fresh outbreak of territorial posturing between GPs and community pharmacists.
And the spark that ignited the latest flame is the RACGP’s submission to the King Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation.
In what appears to be an outright attack on community pharmacy as we know it, the RACGP’s submission calls for a centralised body to be in charge of storing and dispensing PBS medicines, with acute dispensing done within general practice.
Under the proposal, pharmacists would be deployed to work in general practices overseeing medication