The week in review

This week pharmacy finally saw the launch of the long-awaited Pharmacy Diabetes Screening Trial, at the Amcal Chempro Pharmacy Ashmore, on the Gold Coast.

Health Minister Sussan Ley launched the trial by sitting down with pharmacist Justin Armstrong for a HbA1c test. The Guild welcomed the launch, with Guild executive director David Quilty saying it’s a key step in progressing the Pharmacy Trial Program.

As always, though, you can’t please everyone.

And there was good news for the diabetes trial and pharmacy professional services in general, with the Guild’s Customers Experience Index showing the public is readily embracing such initiatives.

This week was also Antibiotic Awareness Week, and NPS MedicineWise has been helping educate Australians about their antibiotics, whether in terms of side effects or the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance.

Australia’s prescribing patterns are still high when it comes to antibiotics, NPS MedicineWise pointed out.

Finally, this week saw some top pharmacists honoured, including Tasmanian Pharmacist of the Year Susan Lee and AJP/AusPharm’s very own Mark Dunn, who was recognised with a lifetime achievement award. Congratulations to both!

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