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National Medicines Policy – renew for a complex healthcare landscape

Health Industry Hub | February 5, 2020 |

Professor Andrew McLachlan, Head of School and Dean of Pharmacy in the Sydney Pharmacy School, was recently interviewed about critical issues that need to be addressed when updating the National Medicines Policy, and why.

Australia’s National Medicines Policy was launched 20 years ago with the aim of improving health outcomes for all Australians. It was developed in partnership with healthcare professionals, consumers and the pharmaceutical industry.

Since the Policy was first launched, Australia has seen significant changes in healthcare systems, medicines subsidies, health services remuneration, digital technologies and the pharmaceutical industry.

Medicines themselves have also changed, as have consumers’ expectations.

“There are some critical issues that need to be comprehensively addressed when planning National Medicines Policy 2.0,” said Prof McLachlan.

“Digital health initiatives, such as electronic medication management and real-time prescription monitoring, offer new opportunities to improve the effectiveness and safety of healthcare delivery as well as to inform health policy and health-related decisions,” he said.

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About Professor Andrew McLachlan

Professor Andrew McLachlan is the Head of School and Dean of Pharmacy in the Sydney Pharmacy School and a Member of the Order of Australia. He is currently the Program Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Medicines and Ageing. 


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