PSA has begun consultation on the revised Dispensing Practice Guidelines
PSA has undertaken the review to support implementation of the revised Professional Practice Standards (PPS), and in particular Standard 3: Dispensing and Other Supply Arrangements.
PSA has acknowledged the Australian Government Department of Health for providing funding for this work as part of the PBS Access and Sustainability Package including the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement.
A significant outcome of the review has been the consolidation of three separate guidelines: Dispensing Practice Guidelines (1999), Guidelines for Pharmacists on PBS Brand Substitution (2004) and Consumer Medicine Information and the Pharmacist (2007).
This amalgamation recognises that brand substitution and using Consumer Medicine Information leaflets during counselling are core components of dispensing medicines.
During the public consultation on the revised Dispensing Practice Guidelines, PSA welcomes comments from interested individuals and organisations, including members of the pharmacy profession as well as consumers, other health professional groups and practitioners, educators, researchers and Government bodies.
The consultation paper, including the revised Dispensing Practice Guidelines, can be accessed here.
Pharmacists are asked to review the consultation paper first then provide feedback through the survey, which can be accessed here.
Consultation on the revised Dispensing Practice Guidelines is open until July 3, 2017.
Any queries regarding the consultation can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org