Na­tion­als back Guild

Pharmacy Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

THE NSW branch of the Na­tional Party has con­firmed its sup­port for Phar­macy Guild pro­pos­als which would en­able pa­tients to ac­cess codeine with­out a pre­scrip­tion in cer­tain cir­cum­stances, once the med­i­ca­tion is resched­uled ef­fec­tive from &eb 2018.

NSW Deputy Pre­mier and Na­tion­als leader John Bar­i­laro said the change would have a heav­ier im­pact on ru­ral and re­gional parts of the state where timely ac­cess to doc­tors is of­ten lim­ited.

Guild na­tional pres­i­dent Ge­orge Tam­bassis ap­plauded the NSW Na­tion­als’ sup­port for the plan to al­low “safe and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­cess to these medicines to oc­cur with­out a pre­scrip­tion.

“We all know that sim­ply mak­ing these medicines pre­scrip­tion only will not pre­vent their abuse through doc­tor-shop­ping,” Tam­bassis said.

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