Pharmacists are grilling patients and undermining doctors: psychiatrist

A MELBOURNE psychiatrist has called on community pharmacists to provide an area for confidential discussions with patients, to avoid public interrogations over antidepressant or anxiety medications.

Dr John Buchanan says many of his patients have been upset about being grilled in a public area over private and personal matters which have nothing to do with the pharmacist.

He has raised his concerns in a submission to a federal government review into pharmacy practices, arguing that if pharmacists are to further expand into “non-medicine areas” they need a private area set up to do so.

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