Guild says doctors’ cash-for-support claim is complete bunkum

This follows reports it has donated $340,000 to fight codeine changes

The Pharmacy Guild has hit back angrily at a claim by doctors that it is forking out hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy a change in OTC codeine policy.

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It says RACGP claims quoted by News Limited are “complete bunkum”.

The reports say the Guild has spent $340,000 in donations to political parties as it lobbies for a change to the proposed upscheduling.

The articles also suggest that pharmacists stand to lose $120 million in sales because of upscheduling.

“They are trying to introduce policy by chequebook by donating large amounts to state