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Supermarket pharmacy does
not equal deregulation
A recent news story in Pharmacy News
suggested that, although not yet
approved by the Health Minister, 'A New
Zealand subsidiary of supermarket
giant Woolworths is paving the way
for pharmacies within grocery stores,
through a partnership with a pharmacist.'
This letter aims to spark some interest so
that we can all reflect on our profession in
its current environment and the potential
for its future.
This situation in NZ raises two completely
separate issues which should not be
confused, one being Supermarket
entry into pharmacy, the second being
deregulation. These issues both raised
discussion within the Qld ECPWG about
what these changes would mean to
pharmacy in Australia.
Many questions surround supermarket
entry into pharmacy; we can hypothesise
that the change in model would cause
an issue because of less negotiating
power with government but we need to
What is it that we are afraid of and how
do these models differ from those of our
big chains? What systems for quality and
safety would be in place?
How would this impact on wages and
Would these pharmacies only stock
medicinal lines such as prescription and
over the counter products along with
How would supermarket ownership
impact on the professional operation of
non supermarkets pharmacies?
What if we put ourselves in our
As a profession we want to provide
an avenue for supply of appropriate
medication(s) accompanied by
comprehensive and consistent advice and
services to better manage their health.
Until we are sure that each of our existing
pharmacy models provides this, we need
to be cautious of throwing stones from
glass houses. The question when thinking
about the future of the profession is --
how do we best position ourselves to
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PAC heads north
PSA's main national event is heading
north to Queensland in 2013.
The Pharmacy Australia Congress (PAC)
will next year be held in Brisbane at the
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
(BCEC) from 11--13 October.
PAC13 -- under the theme of One Profession,
One Focus, One Voice -- will continue the
Congress's rich tradition of providing
a topical and comprehensive program
covering a wide range of educational,
business and practice subjects.
want more CPD --
so that's what we'll
be providing,' PSA
'That and, greater
industry and some pre-eminent health
sector speakers from Australia and across
the globe will make this a memorable
event for pharmacists.'
The theme of One Profession, One Focus,
One Voice will explore how unity in the
profession, in the delivery of services and
in the goal of better health outcomes is
the key to the profession growing and
remaining viable and sustainable while
continuing to improve the health and
wellbeing of the population.
Attendance will increase delegates'
specific knowledge, attitudes, skills and
behaviours in support of their expanding
roles as pivotal professionals in the
multi-disciplinary health-care model
towards which Australia is rapidly moving.
In addition to a great CPD program
and leading speaker list, PAC13 will
coincide with the 4th Global Drug Safety
Conference and Exposition being held
at BCEC from 14--16 October 2013.
It will look at Revitalising Drug Safety --
The Decade of the Patient.
The PSA's Queensland Branch and the
Global Drug Safety Leadership Team
ensure that this is provided, regardless of
the branding on the front door?
Deregulation is certainly another kettle
of fish; one which some members of
the profession see as an inevitable fate.
Again to play devil's advocate; should
we be moving to shape the deregulation
instead of fighting against it? By removing
the management roles for pharmacists,
does this allow them to focus on the
provision of clinical services?
We must protect our profession through
guidelines which allow pharmacists to
adhere to professional standards in every
potential practice model. We must also
protect those pharmacists entering into
a new or different work environment
against any behaviour or practice that
would not reflect our high standards.
This letter is simply some food for
thought from the youngies in Qld.
Queensland Early Career Pharmacists
Working Group, Queensland.
pac13 ONE | profession, focus, voice
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