Tasmanian pharmacies go to the dogs

Tasmanian pharmacies are going to the dogs, literally it seems, after a spate of complaints from customers.

Several pharmacists in the state are making a habit of taking their pets to work.

Angry customers have seen them touching their dog and then handling medicines, apparently without washing their hands.

 “We got advice from Crown Law that dog control is the responsibility of local council,” says registrar Margie Cole.

The problem is that local laws prohibit dogs from the retail part of the shop but not restricted areas. This means a pharmacist can legally have a dog in the dispensary or a back room.

And pharmacists have been openly defiant when contacted by the authority.

One claimed the dog was not in the retail area of the pharmacy, then enthused about how “customers love it”, clearly indicating the pooch goes into the public area.

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