The average GP or pharmacist isn't interested in turf wars

In just a month as national president of the of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), I’ve noticed an escalation in the tit-for-tat debate between doctors and pharmacists about their respective roles in delivering healthcare.

First came the heated public debate over Amcal’s pathology testing.

The argument over the planned up-scheduling of codeine-containing products is still raging.

And the RACGP has added fuel to the fire with a claim that general practitioners, with minimal additional training, should be able to dispense medicines.

Unfortunately, what this highlights is a lack of recognition of the skills, expertise, and training of pharmacists and their core role as medicines experts.

The average doctor or pharmacist doesn’t want turf wars between organisations.

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