The week in review

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In the countdown towards the Federal Election today, it’s been a busy week for politicians and pharmacists…

This week, we saw the major parties get in touch with pharmacy stakeholders to show their support: The Coalition and the Greens both told the PSA that they have committed to declaring medicines safety a National Health Priority Area, and the Coalition also sent a letter of support to the Guild, saying that a re-elected Morrison Government would carefully consider proposals that could improve the affordability of medicines “and will undertake extensive consultation on such proposals.” And Labor said it was “surprised and disappointed” by the proposal to double script lengths.

Labor announced new measures to address lost wages; pharmacist Fredrik Hellqvist urged politicians not to forget about the bush; and the NPSA also welcomed support from the major parties.

And the AJP took a look at which party you thought would be the best for the profession: see the results here.

In Royal Commission into Aged Care news, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy cited the benefits of embedding pharmacists in aged care facilities. Meanwhile flu is raging, including in South Australian nursing homes, and pharmacy is offering to help.

And National Union of Workers spokespeople told the ABC that medicines had been poorly handled at Sigma warehouse sites, with medicines left for hours in high temperatures, as the NUW picketed the wholesaler’s AGM to allege it was cutting wages and conditions.

And as Australia gets ready to either choose a new Prime Minister in Bill Shorten, or re-elect incumbent Scott Morrison, the country lost one of its political greats: former PM Bob Hawke, who was instrumental in establishing the health landscape we enjoy today, Community Pharmacy Agreements included. Vale Bob.

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