How to save $30 at the pharmacy on a Saturday: How much can you save?
On a Saturday morning, you can pick up some of the cheapest medicines on the shelves of your local pharmacy.
But for most people, that’s not the case.
Instead, you’ll be looking at a pharmacy which will charge you a whopping $30 for a prescription, regardless of what the pharmacy’s hours are.
The $30 fee applies to all medicines sold at Rite Aid pharmacies across Australia.
Rite Aid says it’s in compliance with federal legislation which means pharmacies must offer a reasonable price for medicines in order to comply with the Australian Competition and Consumer Act.
“This legislation is aimed at encouraging pharmacists to offer reasonable prices for medicines and ensures that all medicines are sold at reasonable prices,” the company said.
The reason behind this is that pharmacy profits are down and the cost of medicines is rising.
“The reason pharmacies are charging more is because the pharmacy industry is struggling with the cost escalation in health care,” Dr Peter Lewis from the University of Adelaide told ABC Radio National.
You’re going have to get your business back to profitability.””
You’re going be out of business.
You’re going have to get your business back to profitability.”
Dr Lewis says if you’re using a pharmacy to buy your medications at the lowest price, you might be able to save up to $30 on a single prescription.
But Dr Lewis says you should only do this if you have a pharmacy licence or if you know the pharmacy is in compliance.
“You don’t need to be a pharmaceutically accredited pharmacy to do this, so there are some exceptions to that,” he said.
“I don’t know of any pharmacy in Australia that is a non-accredited pharmacy.”
And so if you want to be able buy your medicines at a reasonable cost, you need to have a licence, and then you need the pharmacy to be in compliance.
“In this case, Rite Aid’s pharmacy licence covers only pharmacies in Queensland, while it’s only covered in the ACT.
In Queensland, the Pharmacy Commission is also currently investigating whether Rite Aid should be allowed to operate as a pharmacy, after the ABC revealed that it had been allowed to open a pharmacy without a licence.”
It’s a matter of the commission reviewing whether or not they should be permitted to do so,” a spokesperson for the Queensland Health Department told ABC News.”
They are not currently a licensed pharmacy and the commission has already held hearings in relation to that.
“We have asked the commission to make a decision on whether or how they should proceed with the issue.”
Rite aid has not commented on the ABC’s story but has issued a statement which says it is in full compliance with the regulations and will continue to provide reasonable prices.
The company also said it will continue providing “free access” to its online pharmacy, and will be able offer prescriptions to people without a prescription.
“To encourage pharmacy customers to take advantage of free access to our online pharmacy to obtain prescriptions and to avoid long queues, we have set up a special pharmacy which is available to the public for free to patients, staff and members of the public,” the statement said.
You can find a complete list of Rite Aid pharmacy hours here