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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 772

Senator MURPHY - Has the attention of the Minister for Health been drawn to reports that the Pharmacy Guild of Australia is to recommend to chemists a 33 per cent increase in profit mark-up on prescriptions not covered by the national health scheme? Has the Federal Government been approached on this matter by the Guild? What is the Government's reaction whether or not it has been approached?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON I am not in a position to say that we have been approached on the matter. I read about it - as the honourable senator obviously did - in the Press. I shall seek some information from my Department and respond to the question. As I indicated here as late as yesterday, I am having discussions with the Pharmacy Guild in relation to matters linked with the National Health Act. Of course this matter is outside the scope of those discussions as Senator Murphy very properly points out. I shall ascertain from my Department how much information it has about the matter and I shall make the information available to the Senate.

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