The Federal Government is finalising the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement (7CPA). This will give Australians better access to subsidised medicines and medication management services.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said this agreement will give community pharmacy continued access to 200 million subsidised Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescriptions.
“Medicine safety is a key focus of the agreement,” Mr Hogan said.
“The Government is increasing its investment in medication management services and programs to $1.2 billion over five years.”
“This agreement will simplify and improve Community Pharmacy medication management and adherence programs.”
“There will also be greater support for regional, rural and remote pharmacies to deliver community pharmacy services with reforms to the Rural Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance.”
“The Government will also implement reforms to improve access to medicines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by expanding the number of people eligible for the Closing the Gap PBS Co-payment measure.”
This program provides free or lower cost medicines to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have, or at risk of, chronic disease.
There will be greater transparency for consumers on the cost of their medicines, and the Government will reduce the level of discretionary fees that can be charged on medicines priced below the general patient co-payment.
Consumers will continue to have access to cheaper medicines through the continuation of the optional $1 discount on PBS co-payments.
The Government will also work to support the adoption of a nationally consistent approach to vaccinations available through community pharmacies.
The 7CPA signed by the Commonwealth, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and for the first time the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, will commence on 1 July 2020, and be in place until 30 June 2025.