Pharmacist prescribing popular with consumers
ANY push by pharmacists to seek prescribing rights is likely to get the backing of consumers who say they trust pharmacists to prescribe a limited range of drugs.
Among 400 pharmacy clients surveyed by researchers at Curtin University, more than 70% supported pharmacist prescribing.
However, 66% thought this should only happen after an initial diagnosis by the doctor, and those supporting pharmacist prescribing preferred that it was limited to pain medication and antibiotics.
The study follows a recent decision by the Pharmacy Board of Australia to develop a framework for efforts to pursue pharmacist prescribing rights.
The move has been broadly supported by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).
The chair of the AMA Therapeutics Committee, Associate Professor John Gullotta, attacked the study, arguing it would be medically irresponsible to expand the pharmacist role in prescribing.