Allocations for $600m for pharmacy programs to be finalised within next two weeks

Pharmacy Guild National President George Tambassis has reassured members that work is underway regarding the allocation of the $600 million in the 6CPA for new and existing community pharmacy programs.

As part of the 2017-18 Budget, the Government re-committed to delivering the full value of the funding beginning 1 July this year.

“With time marching on, we are now in very detailed and urgent discussions with the Department of Health to finalise these allocations by 1 July,” says Mr Tambassis.

“This has a direct bearing on programs such as dose administration aids, staged supply, MedsChecks, Diabetes MedsChecks, and Home Medicines Reviews.

“I am very aware that members need a firm indication of these allocations as soon as possible.”

He recommends that interested parties keep an eye on the 6CPA website for updates as they come on hand.

As announced in the May 2017-18 Budget, the $600 million has been reserved to support new and expanded pharmacy programs including:

  • Dose Administration Aids ($340m of $600m)
  • Staged Supply ($80m of $600m)
  • Expansion of MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck program ($90m of $600m)
  • Inclusion of follow up services for Home Medicines Reviews ($60m of $600m)
  • Incorporating medication management programs within Health Care Homes ($30m of $600m)

However the above individual program projections are indicative only, and according to the Pharmacy Compact may be varied in writing by mutual consent of the Guild and the Government.

“The Government will make decisions regarding changes to Program Guidelines and related matters in sufficient time to enable the Guild as the administrator of the community pharmacy programs to make the requisite changes to its systems and processes from 1 July 2017,” says the compact.

The agreement reached between the Government and Guild also contained an increase in the Administration, Handling and Infrastructure (AHI) fee, reminds Mr Tambassis.

“We expect that to come through from 1 July, representing an increase of around 32 cents per script, with an additional 8 cents to the AHI flowing from indexation – a net 40 cents per script increment.”