Prominent GP and former MP Kerryn Phelps has weighed into the doctor-pharmacist turf war, saying pharmacists shouldn't prescribe because of their financial interests. But the evidence says otherwise.
New modelling shows skipping the need for a doctors' prescription and going straight to a pharmacist for the pill could save the health system A$96 million a year and improve women's health outcomes.
New study proves that asking doctors to prescribe fewer antibiotics won't work.
GPs have been advised to limit prescriptions for certain medical conditions. It could save the NHS a fortune.
Prescribing a drug for a condition it hasn't been tested for may sound reckless, but off-label prescribing has a useful function in medicine.
A study that shows GPs are prescribing about five million too many antibiotic scripts a year means we have to take a radical new approach to reducing use of these drugs.
Drug companies funded more than 116,000 educational events for doctors over four years. Now you can find out exactly which companies footed the bills and how much they paid.
A push towards prescribing generic medications rather than their branded equivalents, as flagged in the budget, may have benefits beyond simple cost savings.
Nurses have taken on a surprising number of tasks that were once the preserve of doctors. And they do them exceptionally well.
The off-label use of medicines is not illegal and it doesn't mean regulators have specifically "disapproved" its use. But there are a number of issues to consider before using a medicine off-label.