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PDL has already received a number of reports and one error relating to active ingredient prescribing changes. Here’s what people had to say…

“Anyone could have seen this coming. PDL will see a large influx of matters relating to dispensing errors due to this ridiculous active ingredient prescribing rule change. It’s very confusing for both the patient and pharmacist. It should be mandatory to have a brand name in brackets after the active ingredient.” – Matthew

“Why have the PBS implemented this change? I don’t see any benefit to the patients, or Pharmacists or prescribers. That only leaves the PBS!! So why change rules in the supply of PBS medications? The most obvious reason is to eliminate brand premiums for originator drugs and put more price pressure on generic products.

“The PBS know that pharmacists will make it work for patients -so who cares if a few patients get confused because the colour or shape of their medication changes or that patients double up or miss the occasional dose. What about prescribers getting confused about the molecule name and write wrong drug. All that is important is to control the prices! don’t worry about he confusion it will cause over the next six months while things transition. Lets ignore that Government want to roll out COVID vaccination at the same time. Well done guys, just like when NSW Transport would schedule trackwork to the Olympic stadium on the Grand final weekend.” – Michael Ortiz

“While I appreciate the need for active ingredient prescribing, clearly this has been implemented by people who haven’t worked in community pharmacy for a long time, if ever. Pharmacists already have a large workload; why is it up to us to take on even more work when prescribers haven’t adhered to these new changes? And why should we be copping the abuse and dissatisfaction from patients who don’t see anything wrong with these new scripts, and just want their medicines? Better execution is needed.” Breanna Friend

“It is weird how we are punished ( financially and emotionally) when someone else does something wrong.” – Paul Sapardanis

One pharmacy leader has asked GPs to act like a popular Disney character and “Let it go,” over COVID-19 vaccination.

“I am a registered vaccinating pharmacist and am also currently completing my Medicine degree. From what I’ve seen on GP placement etc, pharmacists are AT LEAST just as equiped when it comes to administering vaccinations. The majority of GPs do not administer vaccines anyway, they allocate them to the practice nurse and take the billing’s for the 2 minute consult beforehand. In regards to anaphylaxis, I have had to administer an epipen twice in community pharmacy and on one occasion the GP in the clinic next door wouldn’t even step out of his clinic to help because it wasn’t his patient. Not trying to discredit general practice by any means as it’s an area of interest for me but come on guys how about we work together instead of against one another. – Richard Teh

“In Victoria, pharmacist vaccinators need to keep adrenaline 1:1000 ampoules as part of the anaphylaxis kit as per the Australian Immunisation handbook. Most adults will need a dose of 500mcg whereas epipen only gives 300mcg. Stating pharmacists know how to use an epipens will only provide more ammunition for the AMA to say we don’t know how to treat anaphylaxis from a vaccine.” – James Ip

“I’m not sure of other state rules but an epipen is not in my vaccine anaphlysis kit. The 1 anaphlysis event I have had (non vaccine related with a staff memeber) I drew up adrenaline. The feedback from the hospital doctors was an epipen would not have been enough. But do I get a badge from the AMA for dealing with the situation and saving a life???” – Philip Smith

“All pharmacists have first aid training, access to calling 000 and Epipens!” – Anthony Zehetner

“Tassone eloquently and respectfully called the AMA out on their out-of-date attitudes about healthcare and their narrow mindedness in defending medical privilege at the cost of caring for the community, especially in these unique pandemic times for healthcare. Have a look outside your GP room – I’m not sure if you’re aware AMA – we all have the internet now, we know how to punch an EpiPen #firstaidcertificate.” – Sahar Khalili

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