Tense negotiations end in pharmacy agreement

Pharmacists will be able to offer discounts on prescription medicines under a $19 billion accord struck with the federal government.

Health Minister Sussan Ley has agreed in principle on terms for the 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement, to take effect in July for the next five years.

The option for pharmacists to discount the patient co-payment by up to $1 will particularly benefit concession card holders, who account for 80% of scripts purchased through the PBS, says Ms Ley.

However, AMA Vice President Dr Stephen Parnis has questioned why pharmacy funding is being