Discount deal uptake high

Sussan Ley

Most pharmacies offering co-pay discount, Minister claims as first 6CPA trials are revealed

More than three quarters of Australian pharmacies have offered the PBS co-pay discount, federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley says.

Speaking at APP2016 on the Gold Coast today, the minister said the government was pleased with the uptake of the program, which had been offered by around 79% of pharmacies.

“Most of them had offered the full discount,” Ley added.

When asked by AJP, she admitted that in many of these cases the discount may have been offered “only one or two times” by some of these pharmacies.

It was too early to say whether the PBS savings from the measure would meet budgeted amounts, she added.

Ms Ley also announced details of the first three professional service trials to be funded under the 6CPA Pharmacy Trial Program.

These are:

Improving medication management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through pharmacist advice

Pharmacy-based screening and referral for diabetes, and

Improved continuity in the management of patients’ medications when discharged from hospital.

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