Grocery giant Woolworths to offer health checks
THE Pharmacy Guild of Australia has criticised a push by retail giant Woolworths to conduct in-store health checks as an attempt to "hoodwink" shoppers, according to the ABC.
Woolworths is hiring final year pharmacy students, graduating pharmacists and nurses to conduct health checks such as blood pressure and cholesterol in their stores.
A spokesman for Woolworths told the ABC six stores in New South Wales and Queensland have been trialling a system where nurses and pharmacy students offer customers basic health checks.
He has confirmed the scheme will be expanded to other sites across Australia.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is concerned about the move, describing it as an attempt by the supermarket to "hoodwink consumers into believing they can get professional pharmacist advice and products from a supermarket".
Pharmacy businesses are protected by rules that allow them to have a monopoly on dispensing prescription drugs.