Pharmacists get power to alter prescriptions under controversial trial

By Rania Spooner
Updated January 11 2017 - 8:13pm, first published 7:19pm
Under the pilot, a care plan will be set up by a doctor and monitored by a pharmacist. Photo: iStock
The AMA has attacked the proposal to increase the role of pharmacists. Photo: Jim Rice
Sam Ginsberg trusts his pharmacist to make decisions about his asthma medication. Photo: Simon Schluter

Pharmacists will have the power to alter prescriptions for patients with chronic conditions like asthma in a controversial Victorian trial that shifts some patient care away from doctors.