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RPS pursues Scottish Labour Party over "methadone millionaires" comment

By News team

An urgent meeting is being sought by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society with the leader of the Scottish Labour Party, to discuss the "absolutely unacceptable" criticism that has been levelled at methadone-dispensing pharmacists.

Late last week Scottish Labour MP Jenny Marra branded community pharmacists "methadone millionaires" who profit from people’s misery, in what the Society’s Scottish Pharmacy Board said was an attack that warrants an apology.

In a meeting this morning, the board unanimously agreed to seek a meeting with the Scottish Labour Party leader in order to obtain that apology, and find out whether Ms Marra’s views reflect a shift in overall party policy.

RPS director for Scotland Alex MacKinnon said: "We would like to ascertain where the whole party stands on this issue, and whether it is still supportive of pharmacists’ role in this vital NHS service."

The Daily Record article in which Ms Marra made her comments paints pharmacists as little more than drugs barons, Mr MacKinnon said.

"We are not going to let this go, because this is an absolutely unacceptable situation," he stressed.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11111324

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