Pre­scrib­ing phar­ma­cist plan

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THE Phar­macy Board of Aus­tralia has con­firmed it will shortly launch a con­sul­ta­tion seek­ing the views of phar­ma­cists and other stake­hold­ers re­gard­ing the po­ten­tial role of phar­ma­cists in pre­scrib­ing.

The ini­tia­tive fol­lows a fo­rum hosted by the Board last year (PD 02 Jul 2018) which con­sid­ered the needs and op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­pand­ing phar­ma­cist in­volve­ment in pre­scrib­ing.

A re­port on the fo­rum was pub­lished in Aug, along with a back­ground pa­per and two other re­ports about phar­ma­cist pre­scrib­ing com­mis­sioned by the Board, which have been up­loaded to the “Pro­fes­sional prac­tice is­sues” page at phar­ma­cy­board.gov.au.

A fur­ther dis­cus­sion pa­per is be­ing fi­nalised which will in­clude the out­comes of the fo­rum along with a range of con­sul­ta­tion ques­tions “to help the pro­fes­sion fur­ther ex­plore its role in pre­scrib­ing,” the Board said yes­ter­day.

Key top­ics on the ta­ble in­clude mod­els of pre­scrib­ing that can be pur­sued by the phar­macy pro­fes­sion, in­clud­ing ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port­ing ev­i­dence; iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of gaps in ev­i­dence that may need to be ad­dressed by the pro­fes­sion; and is­sues that need to be con­sid­ered and ad­dressed to as­sess the reg­u­la­tory need for an en­dorse­ment for pre­scrib­ing of sched­uled medicines.

“The dis­cus­sion pa­per is in­tended to stim­u­late dis­cus­sion and col­lab­o­ra­tion among stake­hold­ers and high­light where fur­ther work is needed,” the Board noted.

Prior to the dis­tri­bu­tion of the con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment, the Board is en­cour­ag­ing prac­ti­tion­ers and stake­hold­ers to pro­vide any feed­back or com­ments on the fo­rum re­port pub­lished last year (PD 04 Oct 2018) by email­ing Phar­mBAfeed­[email protected]­pra.gov.au.

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