Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Pharmacists not qualified to prescribe: AMA

From Pharmacy News (Australia):
Doctors are warning patient safety will be put at risk by pharmacy’s plans to introduce medication continuance.

Responding to the announcement of the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement, AMA president Dr Andrew Pesce criticised the Federal Government’s decision to give pharmacists prescribing rights.

“There should never be a situation where a pharmacist continues a patient’s medication without a current doctor’s prescription and without contacting the doctor to ensure appropriate continuity of care.

“Every prescription medication requires a medical diagnosis of the patient. This is the only way to ensure patient safety. ...more

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