The week in review


Image courtesy of Pharmacists for the Environment Australia and Esa Chen

It’s been a turbulent week in the pharmacy sector, with considerable debate about aspects of the profession and its future

There have been some strong opinions aired over the vote by Australian College of Pharmacy members to accept a resolution which is set to see the College restructured as a proprietary company, with shares owned by the Queensland branch of the Pharmacy Guild. The College’s Chris Owen has now rejected claims by a PSA spokesperson that the move “effectively amounts to a takeover of the College by the Queensland Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia”.

Pharmacies have been warned about a spike in fraudulent S8 scripts. We also discovered that most AJP readers feel there’s a link between human activity, climate change and health, and that pharmacists could and should help.

Pharmacists in the UK spoke out regarding misconceptions about the profession aired on morning TV. In the US, the FDA says it needs more safety data about the absorption of chemicals from sunscreen.

We’re about to bid farewell to Glenys Beauchamp, the Secretary of the Department of Health, who is set to retire at the end of next month after more than 30 years of public service; Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy has been recommended to take on the role.

And Karalyn Huxhagen‘s column about HMR caps really struck a chord with AJP readers: read her opinion here, and the reader reaction here.

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