Concern about large pharmacy groups sparks ownership probe

Guild sees review as an opportunity to enhance the role of community pharmacy

The WA heath department is reviewing pharmacy ownership laws amid concerns large groups are disrupting the industry.

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The aim of the six-week review is to find out whether current regulations offer enough protection for the 642 pharmacies in the state, says Minister for Health Roger Cook.

"The traditional role of community pharmacies is changing and we want to make sure the government's regulatory role is keeping pace with the times.

“We want to know what lessons we can learn from other states and territories, and what trends we may need to be aware of and take into