The Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation Review stems from the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement between the Federal Government and the Pharmacy Guild, which took effect from 1 July 2015.
Under the Agreement, the Commonwealth undertook to appoint a panel to conduct a comprehensive review of remuneration for supplying government subsidised PBS medicines, and rules about the location of pharmacies.
Now that the Discussion Paper has been released, any interested parties are invited to submit written comments to the Panel in response to the Paper.
The Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation is also encouraging pharmacists, pharmacy staff and members of the general public to complete an online survey about attitudes to community pharmacy in Australia.
The survey will be open for responses until 30 September 2016. The Guild strongly encourages Members, pharmacy staff, patients and other supporters of pharmacy to complete the survey.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has made a series of recommendations to the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation that would deliver improved patient outcomes and sustain local community pharmacies into the 2020s and beyond.
Community pharmacies enjoy very high levels of public trust and support. Time and again, qualitative and quantitative research has confirmed that community pharmacies consistently meet the needs and expectations of consumers.
The Guild strongly supports the tried and tested community pharmacy model, which is underpinned by Location Rules that ensure that Australians have high levels of accessibility to medicines through a well-distributed network of community pharmacies that are owned by pharmacists who have a professional obligation to deliver quality health outcomes for their patients.
However, there is always room for improvement. The sensible approach is to maintain and build upon a system that works well, so that it works even better in the future. Accordingly, the Guild sees the Review as an opportunity to demonstrate and build on the benefits of the existing community pharmacy model, which is one of the most successful and sustainable parts of our health system.
The Guild has produced a range of resources for the information of members, which will be updated throughout the review process. Members can access the resources online.