The lowdown on pharmacy


How many pharmacies provide immunisations? Do pharmacists earn more if they specialise in services? Do owners support pharmacists’ roles expanding? Here’s 10 key findings from the 2018 UTS Pharmacy Barometer 

The 2018 UTS Pharmacy Barometer, released yesterday (7/5) contains a raft of findings on the current state of pharmacy, and pharmacists.

Here’s 12 findings from the report, which surveyed 361 pharmacists:

  1. 59% of pharmacies provide immunisation services – at an average cost between $18 and $38 depending upon the vaccine being administered
  2. The influenza vaccine was provided at an average cost of $21, the pertusssis-containing vaccine at $38 and the MMR vaccine at $18.
  3. 60% of respondents said they would like to see community pharmacy administer an increased range of vaccines.
  4. One in five pharmacies said they employed a pharmacist whose primary role was service provision.
  5. Pharmacists specialising in service provision earned a higher hourly rate than other pharmacists, with 52% earning $40-$50 per hour, and 42% earning $30-$40 per hour.
  6. Employed pharmacists were the most supportive of pharmacists working in medical practices, with 77% of this group expressing support.
  7. In contrast, only 41% of owners supported the diversification of pharmacists’ roles.
  8. Pharmacists are less confident and prepared to deal with biosimilar medicines than they were in 2017, with only 33% expressing confidence, compared to 37% previously.
  9. 20% of respondents predicted their pharmacy would rise in value over the next 12 months, with the average rise predicted to be by 18.1%.
  10. However 27% also believe their pharmacy will decrease in value over the next year, by an average of 18%.

For more on the report’s findings on pay, click here, and for more on pharmacists’ views on the profession’s financial future, go here

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