The week in review

Image courtesy QUT.

As we hurtle towards the 2020s, the pharmacy sector isn’t slowing down, with news from the Board, an update on underutilisation in disasters and potential legislative change on the horizon

Which state or territory had the highest number of AHPRA notifications? The Pharmacy Board let us know here. It also reminded pharmacists who haven’t yet renewed their registration that there’s still time to do so… and its latest snapshot of the profession is here.

Health Minister Greg Hunt introduced a new bill which could the Government more power to investigate PBS and MBS fraud, including claims for medicines that have not been supplied. And following the Government’s response to the Aged Care Royal Commission, we learned that there will be new safeguards around the use of risperidone from early next year.

Talking of legislative changes, we looked, via AHPRA, at whether it’s safe for health professionals to seek help.

AMA Vice President Dr Chris Zappala wondered whether the AMA should state its case using similar methods to the Pharmacy Guild. Also in the GP sector, new research took a look at their prescribing habits when it comes to placebos.

Is Australia really ready to enter the digital era when it comes to pharmacy? We spoke to Nick Logan about the subject here.

As fires continue to burn around the country, researchers from QUT took a look at the barriers that prevent pharmacists from helping out more in such disasters. Meanwhile the WA town of Mt Magnet has just become a town with no pharmacy… leading to renewed calls for support for rural pharmacy in the 7CPA.

Congratulations to Professor Lisa Nissen, the recipient of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association’s top honour for this year; and to Associate Professor Faye McMillan, who has just been appointed as a Director of the Australian Pharmacy Council Board.

And if, like those of us at AJP, you’re startled by the fact that it’s December already and Christmas is around the corner, please enjoy this take on the 12 Days of Christmas (in pharmacy) by Stephanie McGrath!

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