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Pharmacy the “heartbeat of local communities”: Small Business minister says

The Turnbull government remains committed to current community pharmacy arrangements, at least for the life of the 6CPA, says Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack.

“I appreciate that the Harper competition review identified location rules as a barrier to competition, but I believe they are there for a reason,” he said at Pharmacy Connect on Friday.

Elements within the government would like to see all aspects of pharmacy “freed up”, McCormack admitted, and the government could not commit to the current model being changed after the current agreement expires in 2020.

But he said the coalition was willing to listen to pharmacists and was supportive of small business, highlighting changes to unfair contracts and moves to reduce regulatory red tape.

“I am a passionate supporter of pharmacy. You are the heartbeat of local communities and do so many things that people probably often take for granted,” the Minister said.

“And as a rural MP I particularly understand your importance in rural and regional communities.”

Acting NSW Guild president Mark Douglass, who owns pharmacies in McCormack’s rural Riverina electorate, describes the Minister as a “good advocate for small business and pharmacy”.

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1 Comment

  1. The Truth

    Thank you minister McCormack. The only places that location rules need to be looked at are in communities where there is no competition and one or two owners effectively own several pharmacies thereby preventing competition getting in. I have seen several cases like this in regional coastal areas. Communities are crying out for cheaper pharmacies to enter the market. Otherwise in metro and major regional areas the level of competition is fine as patients have much choice of which pharmacy to go to.

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