The week in review

With Victoria recording 288 new coronavirus cases on Friday and restrictions tightening again around the country, COVID-19 is again making the headlines at the AJP

Anthony Tassone, president of the Victorian branch of the Pharmacy Guild, said pharmacy was bracing for “round two” of COVID-19 and needed to be a focus when managing PPE, and calling for assistance when pharmacies are forced to close for cleaning when a staff member tests positive to the coronavirus.

The World Health Organization discontinued the Solidarity Trial’s hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir arms as the interim results were showing it had little or no benefit

PSA’s submission to the inquiry into the Queensland Government’s health response to COVID-19 noted that the profession often felt forgotten.

There was more anger from GPs towards pharmacy, with the RACGP‘s Dr Evan Ackermann and Professor Mark Morgan expressing disappointment in aspects of the 7CPA and criticising both PSA and the Guild, in remarks rejected by PSA national president Associate Professor Chris Freeman as “One sided commentary” that “is doing nothing to progress patient care”.

Wide Bay GP Dr Nick Yim, who worked as a pharmacist for four years before practising medicine, took aim at the Urinary Tract Infection Pharmacy Pilot – Queensland (UTIPP-Q) trial and vaccinations as “new ways to get traffic into their retail outlets,” prompting Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch Vice President Chris Owen to say that he rejected Dr Yim’s statements that pharmacists aren’t qualified.

Slade Pharmacy announced an agreement to acquire the hospital pharmacy interests owned by Stuart Giles and Cathie Reid under the Epic Pharmacy brand. Monash University researchers led by Associate Professor Suzanne Nielsen looked at the main reason people take opioids in higher doses than prescribed or without a prescription.

Ahpra released new guidance on notifications. And if you have questions about ePrescriptions, Fred IT may have answered them at a recent webinar.

To all our readers in Victoria and around the country, we hope you’re staying safe and well this weekend.

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