Professor King says pharmacists are agents of government

Pharmacists are agents of government, according to Professor Stephen King, who has apparently delivered his interim remuneration and regulation report to the minister of health.

Agents “by their very nature” have to meet “certain requirements”, such as accountability, Professor King (pictured) told Pharma in Focus, which reported he had delivered the document to the minister.

However, Professor King declined to comment when contacted by  Pharmacy News.

Health Minister Greg Hunt’s office also declined to confirm or deny delivery of the document, but said it would definitely be released by the end of June.

Pharmacy advocates will be able to respond to the interim report.

According to Pharma in Focus, the King review panel sees pharmacists as government agents who safely dispense medicines. This is the point of departure of the interim report.

In an interview with the online newsletter, Professor King debunked  “assumptions” that the premise of the review was “pharmacists are just retailers”, which he said was never the intention.

Pharmacists would welcome the line taken in the review, he said.

 Here is a recap of some key points of the review process.