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16 Dec 2019

The AMA today released its updated Position Statement on the Ethical Guidelines on Ownership of Pharmacy and Dispensing by Doctors 2019.

The updated Position Statement replaces the AMA Position Statement on the Ethical Guidelines for Doctors on Addressing Potential Conflicts of Interest in Owning a Pharmacy 2010. Revised 2015, following a five-year review of the policy.

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that current legislation restricts pharmacy ownership to pharmacists only.

Published: 16 Dec 2019

16 Oct 2019

The AMA is pleased that the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s Position Statement on Pharmacist Prescribing, released yesterday, has put patient safety first by not pursuing a model of autonomous prescribing by pharmacists.

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, met the Pharmacy Board last week to reinforce the AMA’s policy on pharmacist prescribing and patient safety ahead of the release of the Position Statement.

Published: 16 Oct 2019

14 Oct 2019

The AMA 10 Minimum Standards for Prescribing

The AMA today released its new 10 Minimum Standards for Prescribing to ensure patient safety and high-quality health care.

Developed by the AMA Council of General Practice (AMACGP) and approved by the AMA Federal Council, the Standards are consistent with medical ethics and frameworks for the quality use of medicines.

Published: 14 Oct 2019

27 Aug 2019
Pharmacies are the last remaining cartel in terms of anti-competitive practices around ownership and location, AMA President Dr Tony Bartone says.

Published: 27 Aug 2019

27 Jun 2019

AMA President, Tony Bartone, today hit out at a “Health Benefit Package” being promoted by TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacies – in partnership with Bupa, one of Australia’s largest health insurers – as an attack on general practice and a devaluing of quality primary health care in Australia.

The so-called health package is asking pharmacy customers to pay an annual subscription to receive health checks (BMI, blood pressure, blood glucose, and total cholesterol), flu vaccinations, pharmacist health consultations, and REWARDS points.

Published: 27 Jun 2019

02 May 2019

The AMA is warning that the Queensland Government has set a very dangerous precedent by allowing pharmacists to dispense the contraceptive pill, as well as antibiotics for urinary tract infections, without a current prescription.

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the move undermines the importance of continuity of care and threatens the health of patients.

“No other State or Territory in Australia allows these medicines to be prescribed by pharmacists,” Dr Bartone said.

Published: 02 May 2019

10 Aug 2017

With deaths and illnesses from codeine use in Australia increasing, the AMA supports the TGA's decision to make the painkiller prescription-only from February 2018.

Published: 10 Aug 2017