Discount pharmacy groups have had a big part to play in this week’s news…

The NPSA welcomed the new CSO operational guidelines, particularly noting that no new exclusive direct supply deals will be permitted from 2020. Meanwhile Chemist Warehouse has partnered with DHL to streamline its supply chain.

We learned which medication errors are most implicated in deaths. We found out what’s driving salary growth in pharmacy. And we looked at a cohort study of AHPRA notifications and found out who’s being reported most, and by whom.

And in big news for the discount giant, Chemist Warehouse co-founder Jack Gance revealed to The Australian that the group is restructuring to a full franchise model.

We learned that Discount Drug Stores has won the Roy Morgan pharmacy customer satisfaction award for eight months in a row. Doctors yet again took aim at pharmacy absence from work certificates.

The PSA and the Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association announced a strategic partnership to promote pharmaceutical science research in the pharmacy community. We found out which drugs are most common and most costly in Australia.

And in the UK, pharmacist Mitesh Patel has been found guilty of murdering his wife Jessica, also a pharmacist, in order to emigrate to Australia and be with his male lover, a doctor. He will spend a minimum of 30 years in jail as a result.