Today Elspeth McLean, writing for the Otago Daily Times, reports of a national alliance between pharmacists and general practitioners.

She reports that this initiative focuses on improving use of medicines through reducing wastage.

Perhaps memoranda of this kind might also be a means that GPs could ask that the ’remedies’ that pharmacists’ offer be consistent with practices they support.

Should the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners discourage, or even disallow, prescription services from pharmacies whose other remedies or services are inconsistent with the medical practices the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners supports?

I raise this a question to invite discussion. Examples of remedies that would be inconsistent with general medical practice would include homeopathy (see links below) and many other ’natural health’ ’remedies’.

Other articles on homeopathy at Code for life:

Homeopathy check-up: Not in the health system, disclaimers on labels

Homeopathic remedies in NZ pharmacies

Time for disclaimers on remedies?, ’alternative’ or not

British homeopathy sceptics group aims for sugar high (with Dawkins video)

Undiluted humour: If Homeopathy Beats Science