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November 2001 issue Pharmacy Today magazine


A lone Auckland pharmacist has dished out a lesson on consultation and contractual obligation to The Quit Group and Ministry of Health.

Angered by the "dictatorial" methods used to remove pharmacy from the NRT exchange card programme, Warren Flaunty claimed compensation of $6800 from The Quit Group for costs and lost income.

The claim was based on The Quit Group unilaterally terminating his 12-month contract to supply the cards and provide counselling before the contract expired. The move was at the direction of the Ministry of Health.

The Quit Group, a charitable trust set up to reduce smoking, and funded by the Health Ministry, was forced to take legal advice before its turnaround decision to continue the 12-month contracts signed with 80 pharmacies.

Warren Flaunty says consultation rather than hasty decisions would have avoided confusion and frustration generated by the Health Ministry and Quit Group.

Pharmacists Warren Flaunty and Elba Vojnovic are unimpressed with the Ministry of Health's logic and lack of diplomatic skills.

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