Pharmacists far from 'sheltered' profession
The Retail Excellence survey results, published in yesterday's newspaper, show that pharmacy sales have continued to decline at a faster rate than any other part of the retail sector, with the exception of ladies' fashion, thus giving the lie to the fatuous notion that pharmacists are a "sheltered" profession, isolated from the downturn.
Both the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association have previously identified the Irish pharmacy profession as the most deregulated and most competitive in the EU, something which seems to have escaped the attention of many commentators in this country.
Darragh J O'Loughlin
Tuam, Co Galway