Should the Govt Fund Pharmacists to Integrate into GP Clinics?
The integration of pharmacists into general practices could improve medication safety, but Australian research is needed first.
Despite a pharmacist group lobbying to integrate pharmacists into general practices, more evidence is needed to show it would result in improved health outcomes, according to the RACGP.
In its pre-budget submission, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) called for government funding for pharmacists to work in GP clinics, providing services including medication reviews and advice, education sessions, and monitoring prescribing behaviour.
They would not dispense medications, and would be funded by a model akin to the Practice Nurse Inventive Program, with practices receiving up to $125,000 per year to support a pharmacist… Read More>>
Source: Medical Republic