Changes To Pharmacy Location Rules In Australia
Changes to the rules governing the location of pharmacies in Australia will preserve a network of community pharmacies in appropriate sites across Australia.
The changes, to come into effect from 18 October this year, will update the rules in a way that will make them more transparent and effective. They have been agreed by both the Department of Health and Ageing and the Pharmacy Guild.
The Pharmacy Location Rules are in place to regulate the distribution of pharmacies, and to ensure Australia has a well distributed, sustainable and accessible pharmacy network.
Announcing the changes today, the Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon said they would benefit patients when pharmacists wanted to establish a new pharmacy in areas where there was a demonstrated community need.
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