The week in review

This week saw more of “pharmacy bashing season,” as Chemist Warehouse and doctors criticised the existing regulations

Chemist Warehouse chief operating officer Mario Tascone told the mainstream media that if pharmacy regulations were relaxed the discounter might be able to offer free scripts like it does in New Zealand—for select drugs. The Pharmacy Guild‘s Anthony Tassone and Nick Panayiaris queried what exactly this would mean, and said such a move could reduce competition.

The Small Pharmacies Group and Rural Pharmacy Network Australia criticised recent reports that the Government was propping up pharmacies, saying that discounters and low-care pharmacies make a “mockery” of the current remuneration arrangements.

NSW Guild president David Heffernan noted that “pharmacy bashing season” has begun in the mainstream media, and urged members to keep their heads high despite “malicious journalism”.

RACGP president Dr Harry Nespolon called again for an end to pharmacist-only ownership, and said less pharmacist involvement could boost medicines adherence; PSA national president Dr Chris Freeman responded in comments to the AJP that “Dr Nespolon is not an expert on factors that influence medication compliance”.

A study showed that nearly 50% of complementary and alternative medicine products tested had contamination issues.

And congratulations to Victoria‘s Department of Health and Human Services, which won an iAward for SafeScript, and Fred IT, which developed the system, which has now given clinicians clinical risk alerts relating to more than 57,000 Victorians.


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