A very interesting article regarding the Pharmacy Guild ensuring that pharmacies maintain their monopoly on prescription and pharmacy-only medicines.
Back when the Cairns Central Shopping Centre opened in 1997, Coles had a section immediately inside the entrance which had a form of timber flooring.
A former Bi Lo regional manager told me that the timber floored section had been installed in preparation for when the supermarkets got approval to operate instore pharmacies, and Coles would simply drop the fit-out in that section.
Obviously that plan never came to fruition.
I also remember that a few decades ago, the pharmacists were crying poor and claiming they were not making any money and the Federal Government cut the number of university places to study pharmacy.
Much more recently I read that it now costs a minimum of around $1 million to open a new pharmacy putting it out of the reach of many salaried pharmacists who only earn around $50,000 P.A.
And now the pharmacists want to be able to issue repeat prescriptions in addition to already being able to provide flu shots.
Nothing like greed and the old vested interest.