Pharmacies in supermarkets are already here, Guild to blame: union

Proposed changes to ownership and location rules in the recent National Commission of Audit report will have limited impact, as the rise of discount pharmacy chains have created “supermarkets within pharmacies”, according to the pharmacy union.

Dr Geoff March, president of Professional Pharmacists Australia (PPA), says the “outrage” of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia over the possibility of supermarkets entering pharmacy ignores the fact that the discount approach of pharmacy chains, such as Chemist Warehouse, has already made business difficult for traditional operators to compete.