Pharmacy ‘cartel’ dodging reform: Albrechtsen

The over-regulation and excessive government protection of pharmacy in Australia is unacceptable and economically inconsistent, a national media commentator claims.

Speaking to 720 ABC Perth, columnist Janet Albrechtsen said that the lack of competition in the pharmacy industry was due to an “amazing level of protection” given by both major political parties in government.

Her statements follow the publication of an opinion column yesterday, where Ms Albrechtsen levelled an attack on pharmacy, calling community pharmacy in Australia a “cartel”.

Referring to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia as “bolshie unionists with more political clout than any blue-collar union in Australia”, Ms Albrechtsen claimed that the call for a reform of the