North Queensland Pharmacy Trial
By an AGPA writer
Some medical trials are so immediately successful that it becomes unethical to continue them. It would be unethical to deny the placebo-takers an obviously efficacious treatment.
Other medical trials are so immediately harmful with dangerous side effects that it also becomes unethical to continue them.
And yet other medical trials are so obviously misconceived that they should never even begin. In this category can be placed the Queensland Government’s proposed trial in the state’s north to give pharmacists the power and wherewithal to both diagnose 23 illnesses and to prescribe treatments (about 150 different drugs) for them.