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There’s widespread panic, restrictions and quarantines are in place, medicines are in short supply, false information is spreading, staff are getting sick and people are refusing to wear masks. Welcome …

September 1945: World War II is over, and restrictions on medicine sales, and pharmacy ownership were being lifted. Meanwhile, readers were unhappy with GPs’ script standards The recent cessation of …

September 1920, and one of the biggest items of discussion in the AJP is whether it is desirable for Australia to have a federal pharmacy law “Within the next few …

September 1995: a new pharmacy organisation has just been launched, an inquiry into the pharmaceutical industry is ongoing, and employed pharmacists are looking for more work A “long-awaited” industry initiative …

Pharmacy leaders welcomed the end of World War II in our August 1945 issue, but a war of words was building over the government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits bill Pharmacy leaders expressed …

There were concerns about the ‘muzzling’ of country town pharmacists in August 1920, meanwhile discussions were under way to develop a code of ethics for the profession A recent case …

Is the ‘honeymoon’ over for medicine advertising of ‘open sellers’, AJP was asking in September 1970 as the Guild debated a move to Canberra A Senate hearing in 1970 heard …

The way pharmacists have been regulated, the punishments they experienced and the types of offences involved have changed over time. David Newgreen reports on his survey of reported prosecutions of …

Calls to restrict analgesics to S3, concerns over pharmacy only range ‘leakage’, debates over advertising medicines! Welcome to July 1970 Should the advertising of pharmaceuticals to the public be stopped? …

A Tasmanian news magazine from August 1930 shines a light on advertising claims for medicines of that time, writes Ralph Tapping The Illustrated Tasmanian Mail was a 70-page weekly magazine …

Is the professional-style pharmacy out of date? Is the ‘Chemist-Mart’ on supermarket lines inevitable? These questions were being asked by AJP in October 1969 A report in the October 1969 …

Ralph Tapping takes a closer look at two relatively recent epidemics that generated fear and apprehension, but also led to vital medical breakthroughs   In our last column, we discussed the …