The week in review

Pharmacy statistics made the news this week, as we found out about 10% of incidents reported to PDL, one-in-four cosmetics buyers’ habits and the takeup of My Health Record

Researchers evaluated coronial findings of non-opioid and non-benzodiazepine drug-related deaths published online between January 2012 and October 2017 and examined the role of pharmacists in such deaths. And we discovered that Australian consumers are conflicted about the importance of scientific evidence when purchasing non-prescription medicines.

We learned that modified release paracetamol products are set to be re-scheduled as S3; and Health Minister Greg Hunt discussed the Bactrim shortage. The Society of Hospitals Pharmacists of Australia set out six ways pharmacists could help in residential aged care. We found out which pharmacy banner group is where almost one in four cosmetics-using Australian women buy their beauty products.

PDL told us which error makes up 10% of the incidents reported to it. Geraldine Moses took a look at complementary medicines labelling.

The Guild‘s Pam Price warned that the 7CPA negotiations are going to be a challenge… and that the Guild is still pursuing agreement from Minister Hunt and the government that the $1 discount is a flawed policy.

Australia has a new Opposition Health spokesperson in Chris Bowen. And we discovered that My Health Record views by pharmacists are up 942%, with 83% of pharmacies registered with the system.

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