7CPA talks kick off

roundtable meeting

Government talks with the Guild and PSA have begun, while Chemist Warehouse, Ramsay and doctor’s groups have been invited to a roundtable meeting this month

Initial consultation for the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement has already begun with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the Department of Health confirms.

Broader consultation will start in the coming weeks with a range of key organisations, including those representing consumers, the pharmacy and medicines sector, primary care, hospitals and aged care, a spokesperson for the department told AJP.

According to reports by PharmaDispatch, these organisations have been invited to a roundtable meeting to be held in Canberra later this month.

Invitees include Chemist Warehouse, Ramsay Health Care, the Consumers Health Forum and doctor’s groups among others – in addition to the Guild and PSA.

Consultations will include consideration of matters covered in the independent Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation, the Department of Health spokesperson said.

This review looked at topics including the $1 pharmacy discount, community pharmacy services and remuneration, distribution of medicines, supermarket pharmacies, pharmacy ownership and more.

The Pharmacy Guild has welcomed the upcoming discussions.

“The Guild fully supports broad-ranging consultation ahead of the next Community Pharmacy Agreement,” a spokesperson for the Guild told AJP.

Meanwhile the PSA is looking forward to participating in 7CPA negotiations.

“Given the announcement by the Minister for Health earlier this year that PSA would be a co-signatory to the 7CPA, we look forward to participating in the roundtable on the new Community Pharmacy Agreement,” PSA national president Chris Freeman said.

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