The week in review

This week started with honours for seven industry leaders, and ended with the announcement of a pay rise for employee pharmacists

Health Minister Greg Hunt announced an Australian Preventive Health Strategy; and we saw new data from the Richmond supervised injecting room which showed 250 people have either started or been referred on to drug and alcohol treatment programs, including opioid replacement therapy.

We looked at a possible association between gabapentinoids and adverse outcomes related to coordination disturbances, mental health, and criminality; and new data found low rates of prescribing and dispensing after cardiovascular events… data which has the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia worried.

We got a snapshot of Australian pharmacist registration numbers from the Pharmacy Board; and found out whether pharmacists are experiencing role overload (the answer is yes). We also looked at how many pharmacists are receiving payments from pharma companies… and the answer is not many.

And pharmacy got on board for Men’s Health Week, with Chemist Warehouse reaching out to blokes via sports and media personalities, and Men’s Health Downunder—an initiative of the Coolemon Court Pharmacy in Canberra—taking out the ACT’s Men’s Health Award this year.

There was also good news for employee pharmacists, with the announcement by the Fair Work Commission that pay is about to go up… especially for those performing HMRs and RMMRs.

We had a chat with Ben Trobbiani, who’s competing on MasterChef; and learned that seven pharmacy industry leaders were honoured this Queen’s Birthday: Warwick Plunkett, Carlene Smith, Juliet Seifert, David North and Dianne North, Maree Therese Smith and Catherine Reid. Congratulations from AJP to all!

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