Stephen King drops out of APP

Prof Stephen King

Professor Stephen King has advised that he will no longer be presenting at next week’s APP2017 conference

Professor King, chair of the Remuneration and Regulation Review, was to have presented a session on Saturday, March 11. At APP2016, his controversial session was well attended.

The Review was originally supposed to have made recommendations by this month (March 2017) on future remuneration, regulation (including Pharmacy Location Rules) and other arrangements that apply to pharmacy and wholesalers, for the dispensing and supply of medicines and other services provided under the PBS.

An interim report was expected in February, however the final report is now anticipated to be handed down in May.

The Saturday 11 March session from 10.30am until 11.25am will now be presented by Stephanie Newey, partner, LEK Consulting.

She will explore whether the CSO is living up to its objectives and whether alternatives, such as those suggested by the Review discussion paper, would deliver a better outcome.

A panel session on Friday, 10 March at 8.30am, in which the industry will respond to issues flagged in the Review’s discussion paper, will still take place.

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