The week in review


PSA National President Dr Chris Freeman, WA Pharmacist of the Year Melinda Boss and PSA WA President Dr Fei Sim
PSA National President Dr Chris Freeman, WA Pharmacist of the Year Melinda Boss and PSA WA President Dr Fei Sim

Doctors have been busy taking aim at pharmacists this week, with the AMA speaking out about a number of issues

The ABC reported that pharmacy absence from work certificates may be behind a perceived rise in “sickies,” to which the AMA responded that pharmacists should not “dabble in diagnosis”. The AMA also released a position statement on pathology, and national president Dr Tony Bartone used the opportunity to slam tests available through pharmacy.

The AMA Queensland branch came out in support of pill testing trials, though the national president says the national body still remains worried about testing kits available online and through pharmacies.

Meanwhile, we spoke to Pharmacy Guild national president George Tambassis—who joined Twitter this week at @PGA_President—about pharmacist prescribing; and the Guild said that if public funding is provided to doctors to provide wound care for patients, it should also be available for pharmacists.

PDL issued a practice alert looking at issues around absentee owners and credential checking, among others; we also reported on PDL professional officer Gary West‘s presentation at APP, looking at how to communicate with prescribers when you’re concerned about a script.

East Yarra Friendly Society, which owns some Chemist Warehouses through partnerships, lodged 2016-17 financial documents showing a drop in revenue and profits.

We examined access to contraceptives in Gippsland; the Grattan Institute recommended a Medicare-style universal health care system for dental health; and medicines adherence rates after interventions from pharmacists… and what happened after the codeine upschedule?

We spoke to Associate Professor Faye McMillan, the pharmacist and academic who was just named NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year; and PSA honoured its top pharmacists: congratulations to all!

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