Pharmacists have long sold a drug in person, but that’s about to change.
The Pharmacy Association of Australia (PAAs) has said it will require pharmacists to buy and deliver drugs online.
Pharmacists who don’t have a network of pharmacies will still be able to sell their drugs online but only on their own websites.
The rules will apply to all state-registered pharmacies in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.
The new rules come after a year-long investigation by the Pharmacy Alliance, which found more than 2,000 pharmacies were either failing to meet or have failed to meet requirements.
PAAs president Richard Ragan said the new rules were a “big step” in ensuring a safe and secure online pharmacy network.
“If you don’t deliver, you don the drugs and you don: the pharmacist is not there to assist you,” Mr Ragan told ABC Radio Sydney.
Pharmacists will still have to provide information about their patients’ medications, and patients will still need to provide proof of insurance or insurance cards.
He said the rules would be introduced gradually and would apply to new and existing pharmacies across the country.
“We expect to have some pharmacies in New South Wales and Queensland that will be operating under the new regime for the next two to three years,” Mr Cram said.
There are currently no rules in place in Queensland that prevent pharmacists from selling drugs to patients online, but Mr Clam said that was an area that needed further study.
Currently, the only restrictions in NSW are for pharmacies to deliver a maximum of 20 doses per day and to have a minimum of one pharmacist.
In Victoria, pharmacists are not allowed to sell to customers on the phone, but they are able to provide customers with a printed card, so they can be given the prescription and sent to a pharmacy to complete the order.
Mr Ragan suggested the new restrictions would not be enough to deter people from purchasing online.
While it is illegal to sell drugs to a person without their consent, a pharmacy will still receive an invoice from a customer.
For example, if a customer buys an antibiotic from a pharmacy in NSW for use on a horse, the pharmacy will provide the customer with a receipt and invoice.
But Mr Ragen said the changes would not prevent people from being harmed by unscrupulous pharmacists.
Dr Roberta Kiely, a medical officer of health at the Queensland Health and Medical Research Council, said the measures were needed to ensure the safety of the pharmacists working in the community.
She said there were concerns about unscrupulous and unscrupulous online pharmacies, particularly for patients with chronic conditions.
Ms Kieley said the Pharmacist Council of Australia was not recommending that pharmacies be forced to sell prescription drugs online, as it was not clear the changes to the law would be effective.
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