The week in review

Devastating bushfires across NSW and Queensland dominated headlines

This week Aussies were on alert as bushfires swept large parts of NSW and Queensland. AJP spoke with pharmacists who were caught in the midst of the devastation but still serving their communities. We also covered the Department of Health’s emergency advice on supply arrangements during the bushfires.

The Pharmacists’ Support Service urges pharmacists impacted by bushfires to seek help if they need it. PSS is available on 1300 244 910 every day of the year between 8.00am and 11.00pm AEDT.

AJP also reported that recent legislative changes are paving the way for the use of electronic prescriptions across the country.

An amendment to the rules for PBS/RPBS claims provides the legislative framework for prescribers and their patients to have the option to use an electronic prescription as an alternative to a paper-based prescription – read more here.

Newly published research shed light what kinds of complaints people make about pharmacists and how these differ from other health professions. Over half (61%) related to medication in some way.

An inquest investigated the deaths of six patrons of NSW music festivals, all of whom died over the 2018-19 summer music festival season, across five different events.

A fixed location pill testing site run by a pharmacist was among several options considered by the Coroner.

Meanwhile Chemist Warehouse held its biggest event of the year—Singles Day, which reportedly has again been “huge” for the discount pharmacy chain.

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