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Players queue to talk pharmacy deregulation

Retail pharmacy powerhouse Chemist Warehouse has reignited the debate on pharmacy ownership restrictions and territory rights that now protect community pharmacies. Australia’s largest pharmacy group, with around a 23 per cent market share and $4 billion in annual sales, is challenging the federal government to abandon a deal it is currently negotiating with community pharmacies. The challenge follows the May federal election result which had a strong focus on cost-of-living issues and reining