The week in review

It’s been a busy week in pharmacy, with a focus on rural health and the GP turf war

This week we learned that the Pharmacy Guild‘s civil case against Ramsay Health has been dismissed, with the court ruling that it couldn’t determine whether there has been criminal conduct in a civil suit.

We also looked at stakeholder submissions to the submission to the National Rural Health Commissioner, where the Pharmacy Guild pointed out rural service gaps and doctor shortages and the PSA highlighted its concerns about the sustainability of pharmacy services in rural communities, while the Rural Pharmacy Network Australia explained that without pharmacists, the health model falls over.

The Guild also expressed its concerns about changes affecting overseas-trained doctors, warning this could “blow out” waiting times for patients.

Doctors continue to attack the pharmacy sector, this time over ownership structures as well as the Guild’s policy paper, which includes a call for pharmacists to work to their full scope of practice; and we discovered that the Northern Territory is about to lose its only pharmacy university course,

The official pharmacy to Queen Elizabeth received criticism for selling a homeopathic product which reportedly contains fragments of the Berlin Wall; Sigma and Doctors on Demand launched a new telehealth partnership; and Chemist Warehouse pulled its advertising on the Alan Jones Breakfast Show, to the delight of groups concerned about Mr Jones’ comments about New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

EBOS Group reported “solid growth” in underlying earnings for the past financial year. We discovered that the PBS represents a significant area of savings compared to other government-administered services including medical and hospital costs. And Webstercare was recognised as one of AFR’s top 10 most innovative health companies.

The TGA confirmed the upscheduling of Panadol Osteo, though it pushed back the implementation until 2020.

And congratulations from all of us at AJP to Daniel Hoyle, who has won first place in the 2019 International Psychogeriatric Association Junior Research Awards in Psychogeriatrics competition.

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