Current pharmacy model draws political support

An independent senator has added his voice to the chorus of support for existing community pharmacy ownership and location rules, vowing to block any proposed deregulation.

Following the release of the Competition Policy Review’s Draft Report this week, South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon said the panel’s recommendations to deregulate community pharmacy were “bizarre” and would hurt the industry.

“Pharmacists have to run a business with very little price-setting ability for prescription