The week in review

The Apotex team celebrate their award

It was a big week for honours and awards in pharmacy

AJP announced the results of the 10 Women of Influence in pharmacy poll, which received around 2000 total votes and recognised pharmacists who are leading the profession in Australia.

Researcher and Queensland pharmacist Professor Maree Smith was also awarded this year’s prestigious Bowl of Hygeia Award for her outstanding leadership in novel drug discovery and design, while Victorian pharmacist and Monash University alumnus Bill Scott was presented with the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award for his services to community health in Victoria.

Natanya McLenaghan was named this year’s Pharmacy Assistant of the Year at PA2016 conference held at the Gold Coast, and leading OTC sales and marketing campaigns were recognised at the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) Diamond Awards dinner.

Industry analysts announced that the pharmacy sector is experiencing double-digit sales growth, outperforming the general retail sector. While the Pharmacy Review panel announced its intention to prolong the review period in order to complete a financial analysis of the sector, Pharmacy Guild executive director David Quilty stressed the importance of using solid evidence to support any policy and business decisions impacting on community pharmacy.

Meanwhile a senior psychology researcher and a pharmacist put together a journal article suggesting psychological biases and insecurities are behind many doctors’ aversions to pharmacists expanding their roles.

Finally, the union reminded employees that skipped lunch breaks should be fairly and fully compensated. “Being forced to routinely work through lunch breaks is illegal unless a series of very strict requirements are met, including being fully financially compensated for it,” the PPA reminded pharmacists in its latest statement.

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