Harper review: Pharmacists slam proposal to lift restrictions

 In Australia, NewZealand, Pharmacy
Loosening strict pharmacy regulations would allow supermarket chains to tap into the prescription medicine market and could compromise patient care, pharmacists warn.
The final report of the Harper Review, published on Tuesday, has recommended dumping pharmacy location and ownership rules among a raft of other changes aimed at boosting competition. 
But pharmacists have roundly rejected the proposal, saying deregulation would give supermarkets the power to compete with local pharmacies, driving independent operators out of business and putting health care second to profit.
They say the big supermarket chains could never be a legitimate part of the health system while they profit off cigarettes and alcohol.  Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…

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