Professional Pharmacists Australia has condemned restrictive changes announced by the Pharmacy Guild, to services delivered to patients through their local pharmacy under the CPA.
President of Professional Pharmacists Australia Geoff March said the changes would significantly reduce the number of patients able to access Home Medicine Reviews and MedsChecks or DiabetesMedsChecks, through their local pharmacy.
These programs deliver important patient healthcare, reduce hospital admissions, ensure that people are not taking a dangerous mix of medicines and facilitate better management of medical conditions through early intervention.
The changes announced include:
1. Capping to 20 per month the number of Home Medicine Reviews able to be performed by an accredited pharmacist; and
2. Capping to 10 per month the number of either Medschecks or DiabetesMedschecks able to be performed by a pharmacy.
Dr March explained that the changes will have a significant impact on pharmacists, especially the nearly 20,000 non-owner pharmacists, “who are the backbone of community pharmacy in Australia”.
“By capping both of these programs it reduces the ability of pharmacists to provide vital front line health care to the community and it threatens to deskill our profession.”
“By limiting pharmacists to only be able to perform 20 HMRs a month, the Guild has effectively limited the ability of a pharmacist to make a reasonable living.
“By restricting each pharmacy to just either 10 Medschecks or DiabetesMedschecks each month, the Guild has immediately diminished the role of community pharmacies.
“Under these changes patients will miss out on the significant and life changing benefits that these programs are able to deliver,” Dr March said.