Kostas Sklavos, a Diaspora Greek, who heads the powerful lobby of Pharmacists of Australia, has launched a Pan-Australian campaign, aiming to reverse the federal government’s decision to reduce the subsidy of prescription-written medication.
With this measure the government estimates that the public sector will collect $ 835 million in four years. However, the measure meets the dynamic reaction of pharmacists in the country who have launched a national campaign protest.
A few days ago approximately 450 pharmacists, all members of the Association of Pharmacists in Australia (Pharmacy Guild of Australia), gathered in Perth, where they presented thousands of signatures asking Canberra to revise the original decision and not cut down on drug subsidies.
Sklavos is the National Chairman of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia who said that the government pronouncements on August 2, were made without consultation and will have a negative impact on the operation and sustainability of pharmacies in the country. As highlighted in the gathering in Perth, hundreds of thousands of signatures have already been collected and the aim is to collect 16 million signatures in total.