All stakeholders need a say in pharmacy agreement

Around the same time, a coalition of concerned organisations, including the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the Consumers Health Forum, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia and the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA), wrote to the health minister calling for broader meaningful consultation on the agreement.

The Pharmacy Guild’s ‘monopoly’ in negotiating the agreement with the government has come under fire because of concerns about some of the guild’s commercial deals, most notably with Blackmores and Pfizer. These deals have been a call to action from what were once ‘quiet voices’ in the pharmacy sector.

Australia’s biggest discount pharmacy chain has joined the conversation, urging changes to some of the protectionist provisions of the agreement. And the government is clearly aware of the