Sunday, July 27, 2008

Pharmacy Guild urges looser rules on repeat prescriptions - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
The Pharmacy Guild is recommending changes which would allow patients to buy repeat prescriptions from chemists for certain drugs for up to two years, without permission from their doctor.

The change is being proposed by the Pharmacy Guild to cut the number of unnecessary visits people pay their GPs.

Under the plan, there would need to be a record of a patient being prescribed the drug previously, before it could be dispensed again.

Guild president Kos Sclavos says the system would cover a range of common drugs.

"Simple products like the contraceptive pill, once a doctor has initiated therapy," he said. ...more

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