The AMA Federal Council has rejected outright Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) 'measure and share' proposals, which are currently being pushed by some medical groups.
AMA President, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, said today that any PBS savings derived from changed prescribing patterns must be re-invested back into the PBS.
'Evidence-based prescribing information and other education strategies, including details of comparative prescribing patterns, contribute to improvements in the quality use of medicines,' Dr Haikerwal said.
The AMA supports the education activities of the National Prescribing Service, particularly at the local level, which include:
The provision of independent, evidence-based information regarding best practice prescribing and use of medicines
The development and implementation of opportunities for GPs to participate in peer review of prescribing
The development and dissemination of public education regarding quality use of medicines
Dr Haikerwal said that rather than pursuing 'measure and share' programs, the AMA wants the Government to boost National Prescribing Service resources and funding to allow them to broaden the range and reach of their services.
'The AMA emphasises that any PBS savings derived from Quality Use of Medicines activities must be retained within the PBS to benefit all Australians.
'There should never be any doubt that prescribing is best practice and patient-centred, and there are no ulterior motives attached to treatments prescribed,' Dr Haikerwal said.