The week in review

L-R: 2019 award winners Tim Stewart and Bradley Butt from Men's Health Down Under, Cooleman Court Pharmacy, ACT, with Liz Chatwin, Country President of Astra Zeneca.

Shortages—of pharmacists, RUM bins and potentially medicines and devices, associated with Brexit—were a focus this week

Raven’s Recruitment released its latest report, and general manager Heidi Dariz warned that many pharmacists are leaving the community sector, leading to a growing shortage of pharmacists and higher salaries. Talking of shortages, we also discovered that there is a shortage of Return Unwanted Medicines bins available for pharmacies.

We looked at how pharmacists feel about a role in physician-assisted suicide, and how they feel about the Pharmacy Board and whether they trust it. And we reported on new research which found that males were over-represented as respondents across all of the five largest healthcare professions.

MedAdvisor and Sigma Healthcare signed a two-year agreement encompassing over 600 pharmacies. Pharmacy Alliance welcomed its 700th member while Advantage Pharmacy announced that three WA pharmacies had joined the group. The TGA gave advice on its plans to handle any medicines and medical devices, depending on how Brexit turns out.

Could Chemist Warehouse and Sigma re-establish a supply relationship? Sigma let us know that yes, they’re in talks. We also looked at how double dispensing could affect pharmacy, with the Rural Pharmacy Network Australia warning that the effect could be “catastrophic”.

And congratulations from all of us at AJP to Martina Yousif, Luke Bradford, Malu Katz, Joshua Thompson, Georgia Hughes, Jack Cickovski-Lamb, Farida Nur Aziza, Mahendra Mali, Anjali Patel, Shilpa Thakur, and Bradley Butt, who were all lauded with awards at the UTS Pharmacy Gala Dinner this week!

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