Pharmacy's hard choice

The controversial $1 PBS co-pay discount has now been active for one week, and reports reveal a sizeable chunk of pharmacies have elected to offer the cut to their customers.

While the Pharmacy Guild of Australia says it is too early to get a firm figure of the actual percentage of pharmacies who have elected to offer a discount, a poll on industry website AusPharmList shows it could already be offered in more than 40 per cent of pharmacies.

Guild executive director David Quilty says the federal government are the big winners