As fires continue to burn around the country, smoke, haze and dust pose a threat to the nation’s health
The wholesalers let us know what they were doing to keep on top of the trouble and help pharmacies and their patients access their medicines, while the National Asthma Council issued warnings to people with asthma and to health professionals about the dangers of smoke from fire to respiratory health, as well as risk from strong winds, thunderstorms and high pollen levels.
GPs including former AMA chief Dr Kerryn Phelps again attacked the idea of pharmacists providing more care, such as a minor ailments service; meanwhile, the South Australian Government said it was considering permitting accredited pharmacists to administer the flu jab to children as young as 10, a suggestion welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild. The PSA also called on the ACT Government to allow expanded pharmacist vaccination, among other measures.
Speculation is growing that the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement won’t be signed off by the end of the year after all. The spectre of 60-day dispensing is still looming, with the Rural Pharmacy Network Australia expressing growing concern. Labor again criticised the Morrison Government about drug prices.
New research found no association between statin use and memory change in older Australians; and a committee is now to examine regulatory and financial barriers to patients accessing medicinal cannabis in Australia.
Congratulations to Roslyn Stewart, Kay Dunkley and Dr Amanda Cross, who were all honoured by the PSA’s Victorian branch this week; and to Dr Jacinta Johnson, Gemma Kemsley, Jacinta Costello, the TOPCare Cardiology Project team at Ballarat Health Services, Euna Hwang, Anna Mejia, Melanie Anderson, Alyssa Pidgeon, Professor Jeff Hughes, Niki Ferreira, Matthew Rawlins, Tom Simpson and Steve Morris, who were honoured by the SHPA.
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And wherever you are, particularly if you’re in an area affected by fire, smoke, dust or other dangers, from all of us at AJP, please stay safe.