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