The week in review

Issues to do with the COVID-19 pandemic continued to dominate the headlines this week

This week the AJP looked at controversial topics to do with COVID-19: the fact that Australian pharmacists are now being targeted and threatened with legal action by anti-vaccination campaigners, and that they are facing an increase in patients presenting for Ivermectin, the parasite treatment some people believe can help manage COVID, and not wanting to discuss the therapeutic purpose.

PDL Professional Officer Georgina Woods told us about AstraZeneca vaccine related incidents of concern to pharmacists, such as patients expecting Pfizer, or vaccines given to underage Australians. PDL also shared its top 10 tips for avoiding vaccination error.

AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid called for all health workers, pharmacy workers included, to be subject to mandatory vaccination against the novel coronavirus. And the Pharmacy Guild and PDL welcomed Health Minister Greg Hunt‘s announcement that the no fault COVID-19 Vaccine Claim Scheme was being finalised.

The Penington Institute released Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2021, and we spoke to lead author Dr Karen Gelb about pharmacy’s role in reducing these incidents.

Congratulations to Katherine Burchfield, the new CEO of NPS MedicineWise. And congratulations to AJP‘s 10 Rising Stars of Pharmacy: find out who readers voted for here.

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