The week in review

A look at the last week in pharmacy news

All eyes may have been on Washington this week as we watched the surprise election of Republican nominee Donald Trump to the US Presidency… but in Australia, we also got a snapshot of how things are looking in pharmacy, with the release of the 2016 UTS Pharmacy Barometer.

The Barometer had a lot of ground to cover: for example, it looked at how pharmacists should be remunerated, through to whether professional services are catching on.

Chemist Warehouse came under the spotlight over its payment practices, with some staff given back pay after not having been paid for training outside work hours; the Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating the chain over the way it pays its staff.

The future of pharmacists in general practice has also been a theme this week: we reported on the success of the Pharmacist within General Practice Pilot Program, run by Capital Health Network; but the PSA has highlighted that misinformation is being circulated about general practice pharmacists, and moved to counteract it.

Our eyes have been on the immediate future in terms of antibiotic resistance, as well: in the leadup to next week’s Antibiotics Awareness Week, the Turnbull Government announced a new plan to combat the problem of antimicrobial resistance… with prescribing being a particular focus.

Meanwhile, NPS MedicineWise, which is orchestrating the event, has kicked it off by issuing a simple common-sense reminder: wash your hands.

Nothing’s certain in politics or pharmacy, but at least in NSW leaseholders can hope that some stability is coming their way, with changes to the Leases Act set to make it easier to do business.

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