GPs decry pharmacists’ script dispensing bid

The AMA has written to all federal MPs and senators urging their support for changes to the amendments, introduced to Parliament by the government last week, designed to allow pharmacists to dispense medicines to patients when a GP consultation or authorised prescription was not available.

However, AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton rejected the government’s reasoning, arguing the bill would instead put patients at risk by undermining GP intentions for their care.

“A pharmacist has no way of knowing whether the patient’s doctor intends the patient to continue with a particular medication, to adjust it, or to cease that treatment,” he said. “The medico-legal risks of continued dispensing for both pharmacists and doctors if an adverse medication event occurs have not been explored,” he said.

However, a spokesperson for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia defended the amendment, saying the measure was in the best interests