Guild welcomes the return of continued dispensing
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has applauded the reactivation of continued dispensing as a means of helping patients access essential medicines during emergencies such as natural disasters.
The instrument was used to great effect during the COVID-19 pandemic but was later deactivated.
The decision to reactivate continued dispensing follows comments by Pharmacy Guild National President Professor Trent Twomey, who is assisting patients access their essential medicines in Far North Queensland following the floods caused by Cyclone Jasper.
“This is a reform that isn’t just needed in my neck of the woods after a natural disaster. This is a reform that should be in place as a matter of course,” Professor Twomey told Sky News on Tuesday.
Now the Commonwealth Government has confirmed continued dispensing is allowed effective immediately, meaning eligible patients are now able to access the maximum allowable quantity of their PBS medicines when there is an immediate need or they cannot get a prescription.
A spokesperson for the Pharmacy Guild says the decision to reactivate continued dispensing is one of commonsense.
“It is in the interest of preventative hospital admissions that patients have access to their essential medicines.
“There are many circumstances whether it be natural disasters or oversight where there is an urgent need for a patient to access their essential medicines.
“They should not be punished by bureaucratic rules in preventing them accessing their essential medicines in an emergency by having to wait to get a prescription issued.”
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