Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Commerce Commission Decision Supported By Linwood Community

Media Release 30 January 2013

Commerce Commission Decision Supported By Linwood Community Pharmacy


A decision by the Commerce Commission and quick action by DHB’s that will benefit communities is being applauded by the Linwood Community Pharmacy in Christchurch.

An investigation by the Commerce Commission into claims that clauses in the Community Pharmacy Services Agreement (CPSA) substantially lessen competition in the market, has resulted in a DHB variation to the original contracts being signed by pharmacies around the country.

In a letter sent to DHB’s in December last year, the Commerce Commission said their Commerce Act division’s “strongly held view” was that clauses M1.3 (No offering of an inducement or reward to an eligible person) and clause H4. (compulsory charging of full co-payment i.e.$5) were “likely to have the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition in the community pharmacy dispensary services market.

Joe Tiller of the Linwood Community Pharmacy is hugely relieved with the Commerce Commission’s view because it means they can continue to offer discounted prescription prices to the high needs population.

“It would have been extremely disappointing if we had been forced by the new contract to increase our prescription co-payment charges. We applaud the Commission’s decision as it has specifically highlighted the effects the contract may have had in lower socio economic areas where patients might forgo their medication or other necessities if the co-payment is not able to be discounted,” says Joe Tiller.

“We welcome the speedy action and communication from the DHB’s to put this right for those who are most vulnerable in our communities,” says pharmacist Ann Tiller.

Joe and Ann Tiller opened the Linwood Community Pharmacy two years ago with lower costs, to help those on limited budgets. They charge no more than $3 per prescription item despite prescription fees recently having increased around the country to $5 per item. When they opened two years ago, the prescription fee was $1.50 instead of $3 charged elsewhere.

“People who had reached their limit of 20 items and were no longer having to pay for prescriptions, will have to start paying the new fee of $5 per item from the end of this week. Our customers though, will be paying less,” says Ann Tiller. “We set the pharmacy up to enable and encourage access for those who can least afford it.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Finance: Major Campaign To End "Gross Overtaxation Of Savings"

The campaign – which includes a special web site through which New Zealanders can e-mail their own and other MPs and party leaders – is backed by Age Concern, Consumer NZ, the Financial Services Council and the Taxpayers’ Union. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Leighton-Led WGP To Build, Manage Transmission Gully

The Wellington Gateway Partnership, led by a unit of ASX-listed Leighton Holdings, has won the $1 billion contract to build the Transmission Gully road north of Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Gareth Morgan: The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – Revisited

Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation... They found that the fresh water policy was a bit murkier than the Environment Minister let on. More>>

ALSO:

Interest Rates: RBNZ Hikes OCR To 3.5%, ‘Period Of Assessment’ Now Needed

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler raised the official cash rate as expected, while signalling a pause in rate hikes to assess the impact of moves so far this year. The kiwi dollar sank after Wheeler said its strength was “unjustified” and that the currency could have “a significant fall.” More>>

ALSO:

Fonterra: Canpac Site 'Resize' To Focus More On Paediatrics

Fonterra is looking at realigning its packing operations at Canpac, in the Waikato, to focus more on paediatric nutritionals... The proposed changes could mean around 110 roles may not be required at the site which currently employs 330. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Postie Plus Brand Gets 2nd Chance With Well-Funded Pepkor

The Postie Plus brand is getting a new lease of life after South Africa’s Pepkor bought the failed retailer’s assets out of administration and said it will use its purchasing power to reduce costs of stock and fatten margins. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news