Wider role for phar­ma­cists could de­liver sav­ings up to $6.6b

The Cairns Post - - NEWS -

AL­LOW­ING phar­ma­cists to ad­min­is­ter more vac­cines and treat mi­nor con­di­tions would save up to $6.6 bil­lion over 20 years, a new re­port says.

The Phar­macy Guild of Aus­tralia’s Queens­land branch pres­i­dent, Cairns phar­ma­cist Trent Twomey, said an Ernst and Young re­port, Scope of Prac­tice Op­por­tu­nity As­sess­ment, found that ex­pand­ing the role of phar­ma­cists would save on hos­pi­tals, aged care and GPs.

The re­port’s re­lease co­in­cides with a Queens­land Parliamentary in­quiry into the pos­si­ble es­tab­lish­ment of a Phar­macy Coun­cil and ex­pand­ing prac­tice.

An over­haul of the role of phar­ma­cists may al­low them to pre­scribe drugs, such as the their scope of con­tra­cep­tive pill, in cer­tain cir­cum­stances. Moves to re­lax the re­stric­tions is ex­pected to be met with op­po­si­tion from doc­tor groups.

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