The week in review

View of Sydney Harbour on Tuesday 10 December 2019.

It’s been a difficult week for many, with smoke still affecting much of the country… and there’ve been concerns for the future

Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the poor air quality across the east of the country this week, as bushfires continue to burn… and to the pharmacists and pharmacy assistants working to help them.

NSW Health has warned that counterfeit benzodiazepines are being sold in the state, stamped to look like they are actually alprazolam. The NSW Poisons Information Centre warned about an increase in poisonings related to essential oils. And stakeholders united in Canberra to discuss the wider issue of medicines safety.

The Pharmacy Guild expressed concern about the fact that the Northern Territory will no longer have a pharmacy course, following the impending end of enrolments at Charles Darwin University. The Guild is also worried about a predicted shortfall in GPs, and has suggested that pharmacists could help.

TerryWhite Chemmart took out the latest Roy Morgan Pharmacy of the Month.

And as we head towards the holiday season, here’s what we’ll be up to at AJP. And if you’d like to take a look back over the year, here’s our 10 most-read features for 2019; the Australian Science Media Centre’s top 10 science stories for the year; and our top 20 most-read stories for the year overall.

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