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    Jennifer Doggett

    Jennifer Doggett

    Holy professional turf wars, Batman!

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    Jojo

    Talk about giving the drunk the keys to the brewery. The AMA is already in bed so far with the drug companies, why not give them control of dispensing them too and eventually they can kill us all with their poisons. The “Sickness Industry” takes another step fwd in controlling all our lives.. not me.

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    Steve Sant

    Of course there is no ethical and professional dilemmas in pharmacists recommending and selling lots of unneeded vitamins, OTC medications etc. Perhaps we should separate out the pharmacy professional services from the retail services. I also note that there are pharmacists that own medical practices – no issues here???.

    Steve

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    TracyS

    I think the comment by the AMA was a little tongue in cheek and designed to highlight the inherent flaws in the Pharmacy Guild’s recent statement (only a few weeks ago) that pharmacists are the “experts in medications” and should be allowed to prescibe. In reality, any concerns about conflicts of interest raised by the concept of doctors dispensing could equivalently be applied to pharmacists prescribing; there are some very good reasons for a professional separation of these tasks. By pressuring the Pharmacy Guild to make strong statements against conflict of interest for prescribers to also dispense, it weakens the pharmacists’ claim that it is appropriate for them to also prescribe medication.

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    Dr Scooter

    “To any objective observer, the idea that doctors should be able to write prescriptions and direct patients to their own pharmacy in the same premises should ring alarm bells.”

    Oh come now . . . . spare me the hypocrisy.

    If they truly believe this, why is the Pharmacy Guild pushing for pharmacists to be allowed to prescribe?

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    Ian Haywood

    Doctors are allowed to dispense any medication. Some States forbid doctors charging for medications, but the real issue is the PBS won’t rebate a doctor’s dispensing, except in some very isolated towns too small to support a pharmacist.

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