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Community to benefit from pharmacy agreement.



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MEDIA RELEASE

COMMUNITY TO BENEFIT FROM PHARMACY AGREEMENT Tuesday, 8 November 2005

An agreement between the Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia has been reached to provide $11.1 billion for the distribution and supply of medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Federal Member for Tangney Dennis Jensen said the Fourth Community Pharmacy Agreement demonstrated the Government’s strong support for the role community pharmacies play in the Australian health care system.

“The average amount paid to pharmacists will increase from $9.93 per script to $11.38 per script which is a 6.2 per cent real increase,” he said.

“This is a good outcome for both pharmacies and taxpayers in the Tangney region.”

Dr Jensen said the new agreement would commence from December 1 2005 and would support local pharmacies’ and their important role in community health.

“This move demonstrates the Government’s commitment to community pharmacies and the vital role they play in ensuring that Australians continue to get the medicines they need, at prices they can afford, regardless of where they live.

“As part of the fourth agreement, the Government has approved funding of $150 million per annum for a new Community Service Obligation Pool to the delivery of the full range of PBS medicines to pharmacies, particularly those in rural and remote areas.

“Agreement has also been reached with the Pharmacy Guild on new pharmacy location rules, effective from July 1 2006. The new rules will provide greater flexibility for pharmacies wanting to relocate to large medical centres, smaller shopping centres and single pharmacy rural towns.”

“The current prohibition of pharmacies locating within supermarkets will continue,” Dr Jensen said.

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Contact: Lucy Holmes (08) 9354 9633