Pharmacist cautious over discount
LOCAL pharmacist Daniel Marshall, from Childers Pharmacy, says he is pleased with the overall deal between pharmacies and the Federal Government.
But Mr Marshall said it was too early to know if small pharmacies, such as his Childers business, would pass on the $1 discount to customers.
“I think the general trend is probably the discounts saved on prescriptions will be absorbed and other prices may increase to make up for that,” he said.
“That benefits the discounters and makes it harder for the independents and rural pharmacies that may not have the prescription volume the discount pharmacies have.”
Mr Marshall said he welcomed the remuneration for pharmacies for primary care services.
“We’ve been offering primary care services for a long time and pharmacists are often the first port of call,” he said.
“Some people can’t get in to see GPs so they come to us.”
Mr Marshall said the extension of the existing pharmacy location rules – rules that restricted new pharmacies from opening near existing pharmacies – was also a win for small pharmacies.
“There has been an increase in competition during the past few years from warehouses and supermarkets,” he said.
“I think it’s a necessary thing to keep the small pharmacies viable.”
WELCOME NEWS: Local pharmacist Daniel Marshall, from Childers Pharmacy, says he is pleased with the recent changes made to the way pharmacies are governed.