AMA unanimously opposes non-medical prescribing

At a recent federal council meeting, the association voted to reject “all forms of non-medical practitioner (exclusive of dentists) prescribing outside of a consistent and sustainable medically delegated environment in the interests of patient safety”.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said the move was prompted by a shift toward non-medical prescribing, including recent legislation allowing pharmacists greater scope to dispense some medications to patients without a GP prescription.

“There is a very