Scrap pharmacy location rules: govt report

A sweeping government review of Australia’s competition laws this week recommended both sets of rules be scrapped.

In a statement, Professional Pharmacists Australia (PPA) CEO Chris Walton said lifting restrictions on where new pharmacies can open could “unlock the frontline healthcare potential of pharmacists, expand access to new services, and ease pressures on the health system”.

“More innovative rules have been adopted to great effect in places such as Scotland and New Zealand, where community pharmacy has shifted away from simply being a storefront, to becoming an