The week in review


Frustrations this week around community pharmacy’s place in COVID vaccination, while we continue to bring you highlights from APP2021

Stakeholders expressed frustration this week at decision-makers’ low speed in involving community pharmacy in general in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout: the Guild‘s Anthony Tassone said that, “What can’t be understated is how many patients are wanting to receive the vaccine but can’t from their local pharmacy or choice”. Chemist Warehouse‘s Mario Tascone made similar comments; meanwhile in NSW Guild state president David Heffernan urged pharmacies to ensure they are ready to take up the challenge.

We continued to bring you updates from this year’s APP2021 conference, which wrapped up on Sunday: Federal Opposition Health Spokesperson Mark Butler also questioned why pharmacy was left out of the vaccine rollout so far. Rochelle Courtenay told us about the Share the Dignity foundation; Rebecca Young, winner of the 2020 Pharmacy of the Year took the stage to tell us about winning a major award during a pandemic; and Olympic legend Anna Meares OAM shared her inspiring tale.

PDL Professional Officer Georgina Woods warned us about patients “grooming” pharmacists for drugs; Stephen Armstrong, Chief Economist of the World Pharmacy Council said Australia’s pharmacy system was close to ideal; ironman Guy Leech discussed his Heart 180 project and Lease 1 director Phil Chapman talked about how the pandemic affected the landlord/pharmacy relationship.

And don’t forget to vote for your favourite entry in our Pharmacy’s Got Talent contest, here!

Ahpra issued a statement saying that all improvements (recommended in a review sparked by a 2017 attack on a pharmacist who made a notification about a GP) were now implemented or underway. Celebrity chef Pete Evans was socked with another $80k fine over non-compliant advertising, while the owner of Noni B and Millers was told to pay $630k in penalties. The Guild’s Simon Blacker welcomed the ACT’s new real-time prescription monitoring tool, Canberra Script.

And all the best to those in Victoria experiencing another lockdown, particularly staff at the Chemist Warehouse on Greenvale Drive, Greenvale; the Priceline Pharmacy at Barkly Square; the Chemist Warehouse at Dalton Village, Epping and the Chemist Depot Epping, at Pacific Epping Shopping Centre.

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