Poll: What do you think about vending machines selling cheap vitamins and medicines?

Source: Hari Shotham, Facebook.

People can now purchase vitamins, perfumes, medicines, soft drink and more from vending machines in Melbourne

A group called Vitamin Warehouse has installed several vending machines in a shopfront on Fitzroy Street in Melbourne’s St Kilda that are open 24 hours a day, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

The 13 refrigerated vending machines were installed in December, and Vitamin Warehouse Managing Director Hari Shotham says he plans to place thousands more across Australia.

Mr Shotham claims the Fitzroy Street outlet is Australia’s first vending-machine-only shop, and he says each machine is already turning over $1000 a week.

“With a target of 20 machines we are on target to $20,000,” he told the publication.

“Vitamin Warehouse is disrupting the vitamins and health supplements industry by installing 10,000 state of the art refrigerated vending machines with a built-in 46 inch interactive computer screen,” says Mr Shotham.

These screens allow “the purchase of over 1,000 products of Swisse, Blackmores, Nature’s Own, Healthy Care, Centrum, Herron, Cenovis and every other brand not previously possible in any current pharmacy health food store or supermarket retail outlet.”

“Furthermore instant [access] to any naturopath of the brands available as well as to over 4,000 Australian naturopaths using on-spot interactive chat through our touch screen computer,” he says.

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  1. David Haworth

    Always beats me how I can vote in the polls and read the results without being logged in.

  2. Ronky

    Leaving aside whether it’s a good idea, I have always understood that it is ILLEGAL to put any medicine (even vitamins or sore throat lozenges) in a vending machine. Why have the Vic authorities not taken action against this company?

  3. mary hasouros

    I predicted this about 4 years ago. People like to shop conveniently and anonymously – you can’t stop it or wish it wasn’t so. I also believe prescriptions will soon be provided this way – scan your script , pay by card and out come your goods. Then you can Skype India for counselling if you feel you the need.

    • james jefferies

      Well that could be interesting, considering the number of times each day I scan an original script barcode and the computer brings up the incorrect strength/quantity, nonsensical directions or just fails to find the drug altogether. Not to mention outside repeats which scan as private instead of PBS, not at all, or incorrect patient. That would be several major lawsuits in fairly short order. I have to laugh whenever a survey asks whether paperless Rx are a good idea? In theory yes, in practice not for a few years yet way too many errors.

  4. Nicholas Logan

    “SHOP IN PRIVACY” “NON-PRESCRIPTION ANALGESICS” Unlimited, unsupervised access to medicines is surely our last opportunity to have them rescheduled??

  5. Jim Tsaoucis

    colour scheme “Looks” very Chemist Warehousy. It either is connected or we should see some sort of statement/legal action distancing them from this………

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