The week in review

It’s been a busy and varied week in pharmacy, with opportunities to think about new ways to address existing issues, plus movement on opioids and concern about price gouging

We brought you 10 key takeaways about pharmacy from the 2020 Productivity Commission Report. And which way did the Pharmacy Guild swing when it came to political donations over the last financial year?

Professor Andrew McLachlan and Professor Parisa Aslani think it’s time to reboot Australia’s 20-year-old National Medicines Policy. Lucy Walker took us through some of her key learnings from investigating the best of international pharmacy practice. Roy Morgan Research had some data for us on our increasing reliance on colds, flu and allergy medicine.

The TGA said that changes are set be made to the pack sizes, dosage and advice supplied with prescription opioids in a bid to address harmful use. On the subject of opioids, a new Netflix docuseries looks at the opioid epidemic in the United States, focusing on a pharmacist, Dan Schneider, after the loss of his son to drugs… and we also learned that naloxone orders increased by 2328% in the Ohio Medicaid population after pharmacists were permitted greater involvement in providing the medicine.

With a handful of new cases in the country, concerns continue to grow among the public about the novel coronavirus… including whether pharmacies are increasing prices of face masks and hand sanitisers, and myths which NSW Health wants to dispel. There’s more than coronavirus about though, with more cases of measles confirmed.

We looked at why the RACGP pulled out of the Steering Advisory Group on the Queensland trial of pharmacist prescribing of antibiotics for simple UTIs, and why the Pharmacy Guild’s Trent Twomey says the AMA Queensland’s stance has been ‘misleading‘.

And authors led by Professor Merrilyn Walton published an analysis of the most common complaints made against five different health professions, including pharmacists.

We’re excited about the upcoming Australian Pharmacy Professional conference… and if you’re excited enough to burst into song (or dance, or play an instrument, or wow us with another type of performance), think about entering Pharmacy’s Got Talent!

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