The OFT was due to publish its report on the UK retail pharmacy market yesterday (Friday).
The focus was on whether consumers are best served by the existing controls, which regulate entry into the market by requiring pharmacists to obtain a health authority contract to dispense NHS prescriptions.
Consequently, the number and location of contracted pharmacies are controlled, which Asda told the OFT was anti-competitive and distorted the £18.7bn market, keeping prices too high.
Asda has said the system prevented it from opening drive-through pharmacies and from achieving its aim of putting a pharmacy in every store.
An estimated six million Britons visit a pharmacy every day, primarily for prescriptions.

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