The week in review


Pharmacists around the world celebrated World Pharmacists’ Day this week, including with launches in Australia

Here’s how pharmacists in Australia celebrated the day… and here’s what pharmacists around the world got up to, including song, dance and cupcakes!

The PSA used the day to launch its refreshed guidelines for pharmacists regarding My Health Record, and we heard from Australian Digital Health Agency boss Tim Kelsey that the system is already preventing significant harms. And in Abu Dhabi, the International Pharmaceutical Federation celebrated, as well as releasing new strategies to help informal carers, as well as for the organisation overall.

Meanwhile the Pharmacy Guild‘s Queensland branch opened its new Pharmacy House on the day, and national president George Tambassis lauded outgoing branch director Robyn Ede, who has clocked up an impressive 25 years’ work for the Guild; and Australian Pharmacy Leaders Forum chair Gilbert Yeates also shared some thoughts on the day.

A new report on health expenditure showed how much patients and Government spend in this sector… and while the Pharmacy Guild said this showed how much more pharmacists could help, the Australian Medical Association complained that patients were spending too much on non-PBS medicines available in pharmacy. Meanwhile PDL professional officer Gary West warned of the dangers of practising while uninsured after a GP was reprimanded and fined for doing so.

Pharmacies now have until November 30 to recruit patients for the Chronic Pain MedsCheck trial, which has seen lower numbers enrolled to date than expected. We discovered that preventable diseases such as measles are skyrocketing across the country. And we looked at who’s more likely to report marijuana use.

The Victorian Pharmacy Authority gave us an update on recent Panel Hearings where privacy, S8 storage and compounding conditions were issues.

And congratulations to the Guardian group, which is now in an “unbeatable” position to win the annual Roy Morgan Chemist/Pharmacy of the Year Award… and to Nurse Practitioner Chris Helms, who works with Capital Chemist Wanniassa and was recently named ‘Nurse Practitioner of the Year’!

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