The week in review

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As Victorians head to the polls, we wrap up the last week in community pharmacy

The Pharmacy Guild‘s Anthony Tassone has supported one measure announced by Victoria’s Liberal National Opposition—an investment in pain management services—but slammed its pledge to shut down Richmond’s supervised injecting facility.

The Guild’s CP2025 Framework was delivered; Chemist Warehouse and EBOS have signed their supply agreement, which is set to generate around $1 billion in revenue for EBOS in the agreement’s first year alone; and Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt discussed streamlining the provision of medication management services in aged care homes with Webstercare.

A study found that pharmacists should take an active role in the management of diabetes; another looked at perceptions of competence regarding pharmacies and other channels which stock OTC medicines. A third looked at prescription opioid use, and found opioid prevalence in Australia has increased since 2013, but incidence has decreased. We also looked at pharmacists’ role in overdose prevention.

In New Zealand, paracetamol, of all things, is reportedly in shortage; on this side of the Tasman, metformin is in shortage, along with a number of other drugs. There was pay gap news out of the UK… both in terms of gender, and ethnicity.

And one pharmacist is facing jail time, after allegedly supplying more than 2,400 Gardasil 9 ‘injections’ to a male associate who exported the substance under a false declaration to Hong Kong.

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