The week in review

Trent Twomey, Archie Beak, Tara Breusch and Karen Andrews MP
Trent Twomey, Archie Beak, Tara Breusch and Karen Andrews MP

COVID-19 and measures to limit the spread of infection were yet again in this week’s headlines, including protests against them

This week saw a number of protests against regulations such as lockdowns introduced to limit COVID-19… including against vaccination. This led the CFMEU as well as Professional Pharmacists Australia to condemn the protesters’ actions, with the latter saying that “These acts are particularly offensive to frontline healthcare workers including our pharmacists”.

The TGA was also on the receiving end of anger, with PHAA‘s Terry Slevin saying “death threats” had been made and TGA staff had had threatening calls and images of gallows. Several health organisations condemned this abusive behaviour. And we heard the tale of a chiropractor who was reprimanded for participating in a YouTube interview called “Nazi vaccine regime in Australia” and screening the film, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” at his clinic.

Researchers from the Griffith University School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences examined conflict in pharmacy settings since the pandemic began. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr flagged wider use of rapid antigen testing, in a move welcomed by the PSA‘s Renae Beardmore, who pointed out that, “Becoming an exposure site places huge pressure on a pharmacy”.

Moderna vaccines started to come into pharmacies and be administered, with Queensland kids Archie Beak and Tara Breusch among the first to get theirs in community pharmacy.

SHPA’s Kristin Michaels suggested that pharmacist clinical services should be funded separately to prescribed medicines. Professor Christopher Maher and colleagues took a look at the place of placebos in clinical care.

We looked at the local shortage situation when it comes to Pfizer‘s Champix, after the US FDA found unacceptable N-nitroso-varenicline levels in the medicine; and had a shortage update on Actemra ACTPen autoinjector and pre-filled syringe. There was also a substitution alert for Imdur Durules and Monodur Durules isosorbide mononitrate 120 mg modified release tablets.

PDL had some advice on vaccination services for COVID-19 and the provision of ivermectin.

And congratulations to Dr Ian Larson and Dr Jonathan Penm, who were recognised for their contribution to pharmacy and made FIP Fellows!

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