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ensure the timely and equitable delivery of
'This further impact on pharmacy bottom
lines means that it is even more critical
that the next Community Pharmacy
Agreement, due to be put in place from
July 2015, increases remuneration for
dispensing medicines. Community
pharmacy delivered savings of around
$1 billion in the current Fifth Agreement in
addition to the impact of price disclosure,
and in the past three years there has been
a significant real reduction in dispensing
remuneration -- this cannot continue if we
want to maintain the standards and service
Australians expect,' he said.
The National Pharmaceutical Services
Association (NPSA) joined the Society
and the Guild in calling on the Federal
Government to immediately increase
pharmacy remuneration in response to
the price disclosure announcement. NPSA
President Patrick Davies said pharmacists
and wholesalers alike would feel significant
impact and the industry would be under
increasing pressure with additional
'These changes are putting the viability
of the community pharmacy network at
risk. The industry is already under intense
pressure from government savings
initiatives and decreasing margins -- further
cuts will not only hurt businesses but will
also impact on patient care.
'To have this policy change announced
without industry consultation once
again is disappointing. It undermines the
collaborative work achieved between
Government and pharmacy on so many
fronts,' Mr Davies said.
However, the Consumers Health Forum
welcomed the accelerated price disclosure
as 'a welcome break for health consumers
and the taxpayer'.
CHF CEO, Carol Bennett said, 'The real
beneficiaries of this measure are Australian
taxpayers and consumers. We know this
means less profit for some pharmacy
owners, but it is time Australian retail
pharmacies accepted the reality of lower
prices for medicines already applying in
Britain, New Zealand and elsewhere. It is
time consumers benefitted from lower
price drugs, not providers,' she said.
Education cap deferred but not
The Government decision to defer the
introduction of a $2,000 cap on education
expenses deductibility has been welcomed
by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
Kardachi, said the
next step was for
to abandon the
'Clearly the Government has listened to the
groundswell of opposition to this proposal,'
'It is gratifying that the Government
has realised that it is bad policy by
deferring it but it must now go further
and restore certainty by abandoning the
Mr Kardachi said the proposed limit would
hit all professionals but hit especially
hard would be rural health professionals,
part-time workers in particular women,
'The proposed move would limit the ability
of many pharmacists to maintain a level of
expertise and knowledge that is required
by law for them to continue practising.
'We know pharmacists would be severely
affected and a survey of our more than
18,000 of our members found two thirds
have annual education outlays of more
than $2,000 and 80% said their employers
did not reimburse them for educational
expenses. Most disturbingly, 82% of
respondents said a $2,000 cap would
cause them to decrease their educational
activities, a move which could have
serious consequences for the health of
Interns on lower wages, rural pharmacists
who had to travel great distances and
women working part time would be
disproportionally penalised by the cap.
The Scrap the Cap grouping of more
than 75 organisations representing some
1.6 million professionals has been vocal in
bringing to the Government's attention the
shortfalls of this proposed policy.
George Tambassis at PAC13
A highlight of the opening day of PAC13
this year will be a presentation by George
Tambassis, Interim Council Nominee for the
position of National President, the Pharmacy
Guild of Australia.
Mr Tambassis will speak on the topic of One
Profession and his presentation will further
highlight the close collaboration within
Mr Tambassis has been in community
pharmacy for 25 years and joined the Guild
Branch Committee in 2005.
His has a keen interest in wound care
management, harm minimisation programs
and continuing education.
He was a member of the organising
committee for the first offshore Pharmacy
Guild Conference held in Penang.
He has said that he aims to make sure
pharmacy maintains and keeps its place
in our ever-changing world by continually
advancing the profession and providing the
public with services, value and advice they
will not get elsewhere.
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