The week in review

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A new COVID-19 cluster this week in Sydney, as the disease ravages India

New restrictions were introduced in NSW this week, due to cases of COVID-19 acquired in the community, and the Chemist Warehouse at Double Bay is on the watch list, after deep cleaning and sending its staff off for testing. And in Queensland, the Pharmacy Guild and PSA teamed up to highlight the importance of the pharmacy sector in the vaccination rollout.

Tasmanian Pharmacy Guild president Helen O’Byrne congratulated the re-elected Gutwein Government and highlighted its pledge to review pharmacists’ scope of practice in the state.

The TGA published a reminder about changes to nicotine e-cigarettes. History was made with the very first PBS listing of a medicinal cannabis product (Epidyolex, for people with Dravet syndrome). Health Minister Greg Hunt praised a historic high in childhood vaccination coverage.

We learned some of the reasons people in NSW are calling 000 for help, which Pharmacy Guild state president David Heffernan found disappointing, as they could have thought of pharmacy first; and pharmacy blogger Cynthia Leung reviewed a smartphone game for kids which allows them to play a busy pharmacist (also disappointing).

Steve Morris, CEO of NPS MedicineWise, announced he was stepping down from the position in order to take on a role as CEO of Arthritis SA and to focus on supporting his family and caring for a family member.

And Ballarat pharmacist Bobby Mehta has launched an appeal to help fight the very severe outbreak of COVID-19 in India via his Support, Motivate and Serve (SMS) non-profit: donations can be made to CARE Australia here.

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