Forum: Rigby disputes Guild position on pharmacist prescribers in general practice

In a post to the AJP Discussion Forum last week, Guild Victorian Branch President Anthony Tassone wrote:

The Guild strongly believes that the best way to integrate a pharmacist into the general practice setting is through advancing the scope of practice of pharmacists to work as ‘Pharmacist Prescribers’ to deliver high quality patient care in collaboration with medical practitioners who would continue to have the overall responsibility for diagnosis.

Responding yesterday, Consultant Clinical Pharmacist, Debbie Rigby disagreed, writing:

I do not believe the role is contingent upon pharmacist prescribing. As it is a collaborative role, it certainly is not essential for pharmacists to be able to prescribe to provide meaningful and valuable input into the patient’s care and medication management. The many roles for a practice pharmacist have been described in numerous publications and presentations.

To read Ms Rigby’s comments in full, click here.

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  1. Jenny Madden

    I agree with Debbie! Let’s stick to our strength – medicine experts & managers

  2. No

    the model in the UK appears to be working really well, I disagree with Debby on this one. Pharmacists who are employees need new avenues. A practice pharmacist role without any additional role beside Medication Management and advice on prescribing isn’t doing a lot – these are already being performed in pharmacies. pharmacists should be able to practice independently!

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