The week in review


Vaccination news, regulatory news, and an effective life ban for a GP who tried to kill a pharmacist all made headlines this week

The Pharmacy Guild outlined the tranches for Moderna vaccines. We heard that community pharmacies have now administered more than 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines, but Guild national president Trent Twomey pointed out that much more work has yet to be done. Meanwhile the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia added its voice to calls for mandatory vaccination for health workers, in this case all hospital workers; and the Immunisation Coalition called for every Australian to be able to choose their vaccine.

The TGA has had a busy week: propylthiouracil and carbimazole were both reclassified and a warning made for women of childbearing potential and pregnancy, while the regulator also imposed new restrictions on the prescribing of oral ivermectin in reaction to its increasing off-label use in COVID-19. It’s also considering potential legal action after MP Craig Kelly used its logo and out of context COVID-19 vaccine information in a recent mass text campaign.

We spoke to TURN Pharmacy Leadership‘s Chantelle Turner and the PSSKay Dunkley about burnout. To the concern of several commenters, the Boards announced their fees for 2021-22, with a 3% increase for pharmacists.

The Medical Board of Australia‘s professional misconduct case against Brian Geoffrey Holder was heard, and the South Australian GP—who in 2017 attacked a pharmacist who had reported his concerning prescribing habits to Ahpra—was this week handed an effective life ban from practising.

The ACCC granted new interim authorisation allowing discussions on distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines by the CSO wholesaler network. API welcomed a new ownership bid by Wesfarmers, which this week entered into a Process Deed regarding a proposal to acquire 100% of API’s shares.

Congratulations to Priceline Pharmacy Thompson Parkway, Suz Forrester, Paul Clarke and Gloria Perez, who were singled out for praise in the banner group’s 2020 awards.

We’re looking for your thoughts on the way the COVID-19 vaccine rollout was handled, in our poll here. And do you have questions on the responsibilities faced by pharmacy proprietors? Our recent webinar answered a lot of these… check it out here.

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