Flood crisis hits pharmacies

Flooding in Lismore. Source: NSW Flood Update, Facebook.

Unknown number of pharmacies affected as floods chaos spreads

A number of pharmacies in Queensland and NSW have been impacted by the devastating floods in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.

At least three pharmacies in the northern NSW city of Lismore alone have been flooded according to an unconfirmed report to AJP.  

According to a report in The Guardian, Live Life Pharmacy in Airlie Beach, Qld – one of the areas worst hit by the cyclone – was flooded six months after reopening following extensive renovations to reduce damage caused by bad weather.

“The shop had been flooded twice before,” manager Karen Milostic told AAP.

“This is going to take months,” she said. “But you’ve got to get on with it.”

Pharmacy Guild leaders in both states are currently attempting to identify how many pharmacies have been affected.

Guild Insurance are advising that they are “expecting a lot of calls over the next few days because of Cyclone Debbie in far north Queensland”. They are directing pharmacists to their online claims form. 

If you have any information about, or photos of, flood-impacted pharmacies, let us know. We will report in more detail in AJP tomorrow.  

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