The week in review

Striking Chemist Warehouse workers. Image courtesy NUW.
Striking Chemist Warehouse workers. Image courtesy NUW.

APP2019 might be over, but the pharmacy sector didn’t slow down, with a big week in industrial relations and other business matters

Workers at three distribution centres for Chemist Warehouse went on indefinite strike, and the National Union of Workers launched a petition for those who can’t make it to the demonstrations, but want to show support. And in more industrial relations news, PPA said that Epic Pharmacy only moved on parental leave due to pressure from the union.

The Guild‘s George Tambassis told us that Health Minister Greg Hunt gave the PSA a seat at the 7CPA table because he was annoyed by Guild lobbying over the controversial $1 copayment discount. Anthony Tassone took a look at pharmacy in the bush, as well as discussing the way GPs reacted to last week’s announcement that TerryWhite Chemmart and Bupa had formed a partnership.

PSA, meanwhile, says it’s “waking up” as an organisation, with Chris Freeman talking to AJP on the key issue of pharmacist pay.

In business news, Sigma announced that it had considered API’s takeover proposal, but decided it wasn’t in the best interest of Sigma shareholders; TerryWhite Chemmart launched a new marketing strategy and in big news for pharmacy owners, we discovered that average pharmacy rental costs had dropped.

A new pilot study looking at improving medicines management post-hospital discharge launched at Melbourne’s Box Hill Hospital; we looked at how pharmacists in Glasgow, Scotland are helping people who are homeless; and we examined how prescription drug advertising and unhealthy lifestyles may be linked.

And AHPRA says it’s making headway in its investigation into how it can help people who report health professionals stay safe, after the 2017 attack on a pharmacist by a GP she had reported.

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