What could go wrong? New push to sell prescription medications at 7-11s to make life easier for customers - as pharmacists slam the idea as 'dangerous and unnecessary'

The Australasian Association of Convenience Stories has proposed the move But the Pharmacy Guild of Australia is opposed to the idea, saying it's dangerous The Health Minister started consultations on a community pharmacy agreement

10 August 2019 - 14:44

There's a push to make prescription medications available in convenience stores and petrol stations, but chemists have slammed the idea as dangerous. 

The Australasian Association of Convenience Stories proposed the move after customer feedback which highlighted the benefits, including extended hours, parking and access to other amenities.  

'It would save (customers) time and be more convenient,' AACS Jeff Rogut told the Sydney Morning Herald.

'When we do surveys of our customers, pharmacy ranks up there with things like postal services as one of the top items they would like to see in a convenience store'.  

But Anthony Tassone from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia - which represents 5700 pharmacists - is vehemently opposed to the idea, labeling it 'dangerous and unnecessary'.

Anthony Tassone from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia - who represent 5700 pharmacists - is vehemently opposed to the idea, labeling it 'dangerous and unnecessary'

'Primary healthcare does not belong in the aisles of convenience stored where there's tobacco and liquor sold,' he told 9news.

'These are not normal items of commerce and they need to be treated with care'. 

If the move gets the green light, Australians would be able to purchase medicines at over 6500 stores, including 7-Eleven and Caltex. 

 Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt started consultations in July on a new five-year community pharmacy agreement.

The floated idea comes amid calls from Chemist Warehouse for the Federal Government to deregulate the pharmacy sector. 

Grattan Institute health economist Stephen Duckett said lessening the monopoly of chemists would make medicines cheaper. 

Dr Duckett said Australians will be able to access prescriptions easier from a 24-hour retailer. 

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