COVID-19 vaccine issues continued to dominate the conversation this week, as well as a focus on dispensing errors
The first Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Australia this week; and new data from MedAdvisor showed that more than 90% of pharmacies are hoping to offer the COVID-19 vaccine this year. This followed the announcement by the TGA that it has provisionally approved the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which is set to be administered in pharmacies and other settings.
While we wait for the rollout to begin, we also looked at how Victorian pharmacy has been handling the latest lockdown in the state.
The TGA also warned that sertraline is in shortage. There was more speculation on the future of Chemist Warehouse. Across the Tasman, Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand chief executive Andrew Gaudin said the growth of discount chains is distorting the community pharmacies sector in the country.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia‘s Suzanne Greenwood warned that pharmacists are having to “step up” to manage unexpected impacts from active ingredient prescribing changes. Pharmacy researchers from Alfred Health in Melbourne reviewed 11 studies on interventions in the hospital setting to address the rate or incidence of dispensing errors.
We spoke to pharmacy owners Robert Smith of Merriwa Pharmacy and Joanne Loftus of Northampton Pharmacy about how changes to rural pharmacy funding have affected them.
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