Co-pay battle could divide profession

A Sydney pharmacist has criticised the $1 PBS co-payment discount saying it gives power to discounters in winning consumer hearts and minds.

Following the announcement of the 6CPA, pharmacist Steve Campbell-Grant (pictured) made contact with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to highlight how his business will suffer at the rising power of discount pharmacy chains.

Mr Campbell-Grant, owner of the St James Pharmacy, in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, wrote to the Guild saying he did not believe discounters would adhere to the $3.49 increase of medicines costing less than $36