The Guild has defended the Super Pharmacy Plus in Stafford, which was the subject of a report in some News Ltd outlets this morning querying why a “chemist” could own a supermarket, but a supermarket could not own a pharmacy.
The report misled readers through omitting a key fact about the Brisbane Pharmacy of the Year finalist, the Guild says.
“The story focussed on Super Pharmacy Plus in Stafford, suggesting that the fact it contains a small IGA Xpress outlet somehow contradicts the Pharmacy Guild’s stand against pharmacies being co-located within supermarkets,” the Guild said in a statement today.
“The Super Pharmacy Plus at Stafford is accredited under the Quality Care Pharmacy Program (QCPP), and as such it is bound by a requirement that it will not sell alcohol or cigarettes.
“The IGA Xpress at Super Pharmacy Plus at Stafford sells neither alcohol nor cigarettes – a fact conveyed to the News Ltd reporter, but omitted from the story.
“The Guild maintains its opposition to the co-location of pharmacies within supermarkets because the big supermarket duopoly in Australia promotes and relies heavily on alcohol and cigarette sales, and because their large corporate structures put shareholder returns ahead of public health.”