The week in review

Canberra Parliament House

All eyes were on Canberra this week, with the biggest news the signing of the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement in the nation’s capital on Thursday night

Stakeholders have welcomed the signing of the landmark Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement between the Pharmacy Guild and the Government, signed on Thursday after a year in negotiation. The Guild says it provides “certainty and stability” after an “epic negotiation,” as the details begin to emerge. And earlier in the week, it had a look back at the 6CPA as well.

PDL issued advice on image-based dispensing, while an interim decision was made to reject a proposal to increase ranitidine pack sizes for general sale and in pharmacies.

In COVID-19 news, the authors of a Lancet study on hydroxychloroquine treatment of COVID-19 have retracted their findings, while the World Health Organization announced it would resume its trial; and pharmacy groups joined an open letter to Australians urging them not to neglect their usual health care during the pandemic.

Research led by pharmacist Alicia Martin from the University of Canberra looked at the time frame for gender equity in pharmacy leadership… which we shouldn’t expect until 2029. Another Canberra-based study, conducted by Professor Rachel Davey, is looking at the quality use of medicine in residential aged care. A study led by Dr Amanda Cross, from the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety at Monash University examined barriers and enablers to safe medicines management.

And congratulations to leading pharmacists who were recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List: Bill Scott and Melvyn (Mel) Blachford.

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