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Community pharmacies saved from deregulation plans

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:184
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    The government has refused to fully endorse recommendations from the Office of Fair Trading calling for deregulation of pharmacies, a move that would have threatened the future of small community pharmacies, particularly in rural or poor areas.

    At the moment, although a pharmacy can in theory be set up anywhere, primary care trusts are responsible for granting them contracts to dispense NHS prescriptions, which …

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