GPs call for relaxation of prescribing regulations
Dr Nathan Pinskier, GP and member of the RACGP Expert Committee – Practice Technology and Management (REC–PTM), is referring to the current legislation that requires a paper prescription with a GP’s wet-ink signature as authorisation for pharmacists to dispense medication to patients and claim through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Despite a number of GPs working remotely, and the majority expected to transition a significant percentage of consultations to a telehealth format as of next week, as the law stands, patients or carers would still be required to visit a clinic in person to pick up the prescription.
Alternatively, for patients who are in self-isolation or quarantine, doctors would need to eventually send the prescription via post and pharmacists would have to chase them up – time that GPs argue would be better spent responding to needs of patients during the current crisis.
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