The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has welcomed the release of the discussion paper of the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation.
The discussion paper raises many thought-provoking questions about the pharmacy sector and the way it delivers Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines to the Australian public, says the Guild.
“It is the Guild’s strongly held view that the current community pharmacy model serves Australian health care consumers and taxpayers extremely well,” it said in a statement this morning.
“The delivery of PBS medicines through the network of community pharmacies is an outstanding success story within our health system.
“It is a model which should be built on for the benefit of patients – not dismantled in the name of deregulation and economic theories.
“The Guild will make a formal response to the discussion paper, and will also encourage individual pharmacy owners to respond to the Review with their views and ideas to enhance the value of community pharmacy in the health system.”
In the coming months as the Review continues its work, the Guild says its approach will be to take every opportunity to demonstrate to the Panel the benefits of the existing community pharmacy model, including through the use of economic analysis, international pharmacy model comparisons, and consumer attitudes and satisfaction levels with pharmacy.
“The Guild is determined to give the Review Panel a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by pharmacies, and the vital work they are doing in the face of significant market challenges.”