The week in review

A man attacks staff at Pharmacy4Less Jesmond. Image: Supplied
A man attacks staff at Pharmacy4Less Jesmond. Image: Supplied

Pharmacy continues to deal with problems sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination issues and lockdown fatigue

Pharmacy Guild national president Trent Twomey confirmed that the organisation is in talks with Professional Pharmacists Australia on whether the Award is fit for purpose. And the Guild let pharmacies know that they will be able to access Pfizer medicines through CSO wholesalers from this Saturday, 28 August.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a guest appearance on a Guild webinar in which he lauded pharmacy’s contribution to the vaccine rollout, and mentioned that suitable community pharmacies are expected to start delivering the Moderna jab from mid-next month.

The TGA issued a warning on Ivermectin, noting increased importing and prescribing despite the lack of evidence supporting its use treating or preventing COVID-19. Eliza Cameron and Mary-Jessimine Bushell from the University of Canberra analysed drug shortages and found a 300% increase since the pandemic hit.

Best wishes from the AJP for all the staff at Pharmacy4Less Jesmond, who found themselves allegedly under attack by an irate patient who has since been remanded in custody over the shocking incident. In the US, American Pharmacists Association president Sandra Leal condemned a recent attack on Springfield, Missouri pharmacists who were abused by anti-vaccinators, saying that pharmacy workers are “heroes of this pandemic.”

If the strain of being on the frontline throughout the pandemic is getting to you, you’re not on your own. The Rural Pharmacy Network Australia warned us this week that partly due to the crisis, rural pharmacies are stretched thin and workers are in danger of burnout. Regular contributor Karalyn Huxhagen penned a different sort of column for our Clinical Tips section this week, outlining the importance of taking care of yourself and your colleagues.

And we learned this week that pharmacy had lost two of its greats: Sister Marie Therese Rosenberg of the Mater Brisbane, and Emeritus Professor Andrew Gilbert. Both were lovingly remembered by members of the profession.

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