Tribunal rejects bid to open new pharmacy

The definition of a supermarket has turned out to be a make-or-break issue for a business that applied to open a PBS pharmacy in a small NSW town.

St Mary Health and Community Services, which owns two NSW pharmacies, applied to open a new store in West Wyalong, a town with a population of about 6000.

St Mary’s first application was rejected on the grounds that there are not enough doctors or supermarket floor space to accommodate a new PBS pharmacy in the town, which has at least two community pharmacies that are relevant in terms of location rules.

But the

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