The week in review


James and Catherine Chui Hooper Centre Pharmacy with Darren Dye, CEO Pharmacy Alliance
James and Catherine Chui, Hooper Centre Pharmacy, with Darren Dye, CEO Pharmacy Alliance

It was a mixed bag in the pharmacy sector this week, with the Government’s response to the Aged Care Royal Commission taking top billing

The Government’s response to the Aged Care Royal Commission’s Interim Report saw Prime Minister Scott Morrison say the Government would increase funding for medication management programs by $25.5 million, “including support for pharmacists to ensure more frequent medication reviews can occur”. The Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacists supported the announcement, as did the Pharmacy Guild and PSA.

We discovered that medicines are pretty cheap in Australia compared to overseas, and looked at a naloxone pilot program that’s set to take off in December. Meanwhile there was more evidence, this time out of Brisbane‘s Princess Alexandra Hospital, of a drop in codeine poisonings since the controversial upschedule.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare filled us in on medications dispensed to contemporary ex-serving Australian Defence Force members. Questions were raised in Parliament about Australia’s medicines safety system and the role of pharmacists.

Sigma announced that a new first-line agreement has been reached with the My Chemist/Chemist Warehouse Group for the supply of FMCG products.

And PDL said farewell to two long-serving members: Peter McBeath and Albert Regoli. Congratulations to both on a combined 60 years of service! And congratulations also to Hooper Centre Pharmacy in Toowoomba; Ron Dunford Pharmacy in Parkes and Your Pharmacy in Chinchilla, who each were named in the Pharmacy Alliance Awards.

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