Rx pharmacy is taking on Australia’s drug shortages
Rx pharmacy has become the latest drug retailer to open a new store in Australia, with the opening of its first store in Melbourne’s CBD.
The pharmacy is the first to open in Australia and joins the likes of Walmart, Target, Amazon and HomeGoods.
In an interview with the ABC’s RN Breakfast, Chief Executive Officer Mark McConville said the new location was aimed at filling a market which has seen the death toll rise by more than 40% in the past two years.
“In the last few years, the drug shortage has hit the Australian market, and our strategy has been to help the community find the medicines they need to keep themselves safe and healthy,” Mr McCon, said.
“That’s why we’ve partnered with pharmacies to create a pharmacy that will serve our local community.”
The new pharmacy will be the first in the nation to be staffed by people who are trained in the use of a pharmacy.
“It will be staffed and staffed by pharmacists trained to work in a pharmacy,” Mr MacCon said.
Dr Rene Cote of the Australian Pharmacists Association (APA) said pharmacies could be doing more to assist people in finding their medicines.
“The APA has always been critical of the current situation in pharmacies, especially when it comes to pharmacy stocking,” she said.
Ms Cote said she hoped the new pharmacy would provide an opportunity for people in communities where there was a high risk of the introduction of the drug to access their medicines quickly. “
When you’re talking about millions of dollars being spent on drugs and the lack of supply, it’s difficult for people to find a supplier.”
Ms Cote said she hoped the new pharmacy would provide an opportunity for people in communities where there was a high risk of the introduction of the drug to access their medicines quickly.
She said the APA supported any pharmacists who were in the community who had experienced shortages or were looking for help with stocking.
“They should not have to go into the pharmacy, they should be able to get the medicines that they need and they should do that with dignity and dignity of access,” she added.
“This is a great opportunity for them to do that.”
Mr McClay said the company was planning to add more pharmacies across Australia to continue to provide access to its products.
“We have a long-term vision of expanding the pharmacy network across Australia, so we’re going to continue expanding the business,” he said.
The ABC’s John Ridsdale reported from Melbourne’s Central Business District, with Natalie Woodall reporting from Brisbane.