The week in review

Canberra Parliament House

As Australia enters federal election mode, it’s been a busy week in politics and in pharmacy

This week Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the much-anticipated federal election, setting the date for May 18. AJP took a look at what this means for pharmacy here. And Health Minister Greg Hunt responded to a petition about s100 copayments, and spruiked the $1 optional copayment discount.

The two-monthly dispensing controversy continued, with the RACGP and the Consumers Health Forum teaming up to urge the Federal Government to rethink scrapping the proposal. And there was continued controversy over the Pharmacy Guild‘s payment in 2018 for attendance at two One Nation events, with a number of consumers calling for a boycott of member pharmacies; meanwhile a distinguished former public servant also had some harsh words for the Guild over its approach to professional services.

Doctors were also busy discussing pharmacist prescribing, with the AMA publishing its submission to the Pharmacy Board‘s consultation on the matter—saying it can’t comprehend why the Board would consider expanding pharmacists’ scope of practice.

As measles cases rise in parts of the country, and flu arrived early for many, pharmacists’ new ability in Queensland to vaccinate children aged 16 and up will benefit teenagers whose parents have rejected vaccination, say the Guild’s Paul Jaffar and state health minister Steven Miles.

Oharmacists got together to play cricket; and Discount Drug Stores was named Chemist/Pharmacy of the Month by Roy Morgan‘s Customer Satisfaction Awards for January 2019,

And pharmacy students have kicked off the NAPSA Charity Cup, with this year’s funds raised goingf to the Brain Tumour Alliance Australia (BTAA), a national support organisation for brain tumour patients, carers and families, in honour of a NAPSA member recently diagnosed with glioblastoma.

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