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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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It's not the supermarkets that would
destroy pharmacy. Pharmacy is already
being destroyed by pharmacists
-- namely, the discounters and the
warehouses. The damage caused
by these is far greater than what
supermarkets would do, and all the
emphasis seems to be on supermarkets.
I know, because I'm a UK pharmacist
and was working in the UK when the
supermarkets took over pharmacy.
Why don't students want to do
The discounters are discounting
the industry, for very short-term
gains. The industry, soon, will be too
expensive to run for the profits received.
Local community pharmacies will then
be forced to sell out cheap to bigger
groups. In the end, the supermarkets
will have to come in, as no-one else will
want to buy them.
Why are pharmacists being so stupid?
I heard a pharmacist the other day,
proud that he was selling Panamax
below the price he'd paid for it.
And these people have degrees! Do you
see other professions doing this?
Doctors, lawyers? They must be much
smarter than us.
The Guild also needs to realise that
returns will soon be so low that they
won't be able to pay Guild fees anymore
and will have less to spend on training
and health promotion.
Local community pharmacies all over
Australia need legislative help to stop
discounters discounting pharmacy.
Otherwise, they will simply disappear.
Kewarra Beach, Queensland
Refusing to sell
In reply to Mr WB Larkin of Lindfield
Sydney's letter (April 2014 issue, page 7).
I wish to state it is all very well for
Mr Larkin in central Sydney to strongly
state his deeply held moral views on
the non-stocking of contraceptives,
condoms etc. Customers do not have
far to go between pharmacies in such
Where I have a problem is in isolated
communities where there is only
one pharmacy and it is hundreds of
kilometres for the person to attend
a different pharmacy to obtain the
products they require.
I worked as a pharmacist in WA for
18 years and through that time the
pharmacy at Southern Cross refused to
supply such items, leaving the residents
no choice but to travel hundreds
of kilometres to either Kellerberrin
or Kalgoorlie in those times to the
I personally do believe that in such
instances this is 'imposing you beliefs'
on someone else and that you should,
as a caring health professional be more
considerate and have empathy for the
view of others within your multicultural/
Ray Walker B Pharm MPS
Coffs Harbour Region, NSW.
Know your community
The latest PSA webinar, Know your
community and grow your business, to be
presented by Dr Alison Roberts MPS,
is scheduled for 14 May at 7.30pm.
A key component of the support
provided through PSA's Health
Destination Pharmacy Trial was a
local area analysis, profiling the local
community in terms of demography and
chronic disease prevalence. Pharmacies
were able to see what the pressing health
needs and issues were likely to be for
their community, compared with other
areas in the state and across Australia.
Understanding what to do with this
knowledge is the critical next step.
In the Health Destination trial, the
pharmacies then mapped the local
data against the products and services
they were providing, allowing them
to identify gaps and, importantly,
opportunities. Dr Roberts' presentation
will highlight available data sources
to allow pharmacists and their teams
to understand the needs of their local
community, as well as the role they play
in meeting these needs.
The webinar will also address
interpreting population health data
and how, together with pharmacies'
own data, it can be used to inform good
strategic choices for their businesses.
Pharmacists are increasingly time-poor,
yet also want to do more when it comes
to professional services. Targeting
such services to the needs of a local
community will reduce the burden on
staff to deliver everything, and may also
allow the pharmacy to create a niche.
The presentation will also cover the
importance of letting people know
what is available from community
pharmacies, through effective
communication with local health
networks, and local area marketing.
The PSA webinar series was developed to
provide members with tools to implement
professional services and successfully
collaborate with the primary healthcare
team. To register visit: www.psa.org.au
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