The week in review


A slew of legal stories, Chemist Warehouse and questions about pharmacists providing OTC antibiotics dominated headlines this week…

The union representing retail workers attempted to tackle an “epidemic” of abuse against customer-facing workers including pharmacy staff, while a Queensland pharmacist was reprimanded for stealing Ritalin from his workplace citing work and life pressures.

Meanwhile a disqualified pharmacist from WA was ordered to pay the Pharmacy Board of Australia $13,000 after being struck off for breaching conditions of registration.

PDL looked at a case of a pharmacy entering the wrong details of a prescriber and the issues that ensued, while new case studies published by the Pharmacy Board explored issues related to privacy and dispensing procedures.

Pharmacy 777 announced it has purchased the Friendlies master franchise, securing an additional 31 WA pharmacies under its banner. And UTS announced it has now opened entries for the 2019 UTS Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award.

A pharmacy group this week gained a Bent Spoon nomination for a stocking magazine that used Pete Evans to push products, and Chemist Warehouse again called on the government to pull back regulations on location and ownership.

A leading government health agency and the SHPA added their voices to GP groups in opposing antibiotic downscheduling through the Schedule 3 Appendix M framework.

We also conducted a Q&A interview with pharmacist and MasterChef contestant Ben Trobbiani now that the show has wrapped up!

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