A new poll showing public support for community pharmacies has been described by Asda as "spin without substance".
Research by MORI's Social Research Institute was commissioned by community pharmacy chain Lloyds after the OFT recommended the abolition of pharmacy entry controls.
The poll found 74% of people believed their community pharmacy might close if supermarkets opened more in-store pharmacies. And 79% said it was important for a pharmacy to be close to their home or GP.
However Asda's superintendent pharmacist, John Evans, disputed the research. "Those with a vested interest in the status quo will paint this as a battle between supermarkets and pharmacies, but the OFT's conclusions will sweep away rules and red tape that support the current closed shop, raising standards and lowering prices for pharmacy customers and patients," said Evans.

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