Scrap authority scripts

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said the scheme was outdated and should be scrapped by the government.

An AMA survey of 1096 doctors found 14% reported spending between 10 and 19 minutes a day seeking permission to prescribe authority medicines, while a further 3% reported spending more than 30 minutes each day waiting for their phone calls to be answered.

Dr Hambleton said many medicines were removed from the authority list in recent years and there was no clinical or economic justification for the continuation of the system.

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