AMA submission to the Medical Services Advisory Committee – Pharmacy Diabetes Screening Trial

The AMA welcomes the MSAC assessment for the Pharmacy Diabetes Screening Trial, so the program’s effectiveness and cost-effectiveness is determined by the same process that assesses all other health services.

The AMA has several concerns if pharmacy diabetes screening programs are to receive future government funding, due to the lack of high-quality evidence that these programs are in the patients’ best interest, in the context of wider public health and existing primary care services. The AMA values pharmacists as experts in medicines and there are more pressing and useful models of care involving pharmacists that should be considered as part of a patient-centred medical home model rather than further fragmenting care.

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