The week in review

It’s been a busy week for the pharmacy profession, as we head towards next week’s World Pharmacists Day

Queensland passed legislation which brings the state one step closer to real time monitoring. We took a look at some of the different pharmacist “types“… are you a shopkeeper, grocer, locumhomeopath, or community pharmacist?

There was big news for the full-line wholesalers, as AstraZeneca announced it will exit its exclusive-direct distribution arrangements and return supply of its PBS medicines to the big three full-line from 1 October 2019.

We discovered that employees continue to be paid less than their legal entitlements. We took a look at the pharmacists employed by GP surgeries, and pharmacies co-located with surgeries.

This week we found that measures to limit inappropriate use and prescribing of alprazolam have not had the intended effect. There were calls for clarity around nicotine vaping, as the US announced another death related to the practice.

There was less mainstream media discussion of the pharmacy ownership and location rules this week, though one piece in The Conversation did suggest deregulation could have its advantages; the Guild‘s Anthony Tassone, however, said that pharmacist services “don’t belong in aisle six”.

And your registration fees are set to rise by 3% for 2019-20… one of the highest increases amongst the regulated health professions. The Pharmacy Board also issued a reminder on advertising.

And congratulations from all of us at AJP to Matt Boulter, Megan McWaters, TerryWhite Chemmart Browns Plains, TerryWhite Chemmart Wodonga and all the state finalist pharmacies in TerryWhite Chemmart‘s HEART awards.

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