MedsCheck abuse fears hit pharmacists

Pharmacies could face investigations amid concerns they are abusing a system where they are paid $60-90 to check a patient's medication regimen.

A leaked document has emerged purportedly showing that one Chemist Warehouse store in Victoria provided 319 of the checks in two weeks over the Christmas-new year period, netting a minimum of $19,000 from the Federal Government.

Under the MedsCheck program, which will enter its third year in July, pharmacists are paid $61 for reviewing the regime of a patient who regularly takes more than five prescription medicines, among other criteria.