The week in review

It’s been another tough week for the people of NSW and other jurisdictions affected by COVID, which was reflected in this week’s pharmacy news

Pharmacists hit an early milestone when they chalked up 100,000 vaccinations with AstraZeneca, despite only just coming on board, which was lauded by the PSA‘s Chris Freeman… but the Pharmacy Guild‘s Trent Twomey warned that this needs to be treated as just the beginning, as COVID-19‘s Delta variant is spreading. Mr Twomey also queried why the CSO wholesalers didn’t get the job of distributing the jabs.

And the Continuity of Care Collaboration told Australians to look for help with non-COVID-related symptoms.

We discovered that scripts for antibiotics—particularly those recommended for managing respiratory infections—dropped sharply following the introduction of measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Pharmacists’ Support Service highlighted the importance of self care, and noted an increase in calls over the last year.

In non-COVID news, researchers led by Dr Alys Havard found pregnant women using varenicline were almost three times as likely to quit smoking than those using NRT patches.

And congratulations to NAPSA‘s newly elected Chairs for the 2021/22 term!

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