The week in review

Pay has been a key issue in pharmacy this week, plus regulation changes and new ways for pharmacy to improve health care

The National Pharmacy Students Survey showed us that students feel positive overall about their future in pharmacy, though they are concerned about pay. Job site Indeed showed us that pharmacists are in high demand… which may be affecting remuneration.

Tensions rose at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, as pharmacists began dispensing free medicines in protest against proposed pay cuts.

The Pharmacy Guild‘s Anthony Tassone told us that he’s referred a surgical mask supplier to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission over the price to pharmacies of masks since fears of the novel coronavirus began to circulate.

Australian College of Pharmacy President Chris Owen confirmed that the decision to restructure to a proprietary company led by a Guild branch is final. And there are changes to mandatory notification regulations.

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on potential preventable hospitalisations spurred Guild CEO Suzanne Greenwood to highlight how pharmacy can help. And speaking of help, a University of Bristol study looked at the factors which help and hinder collaboration between pharmacists and GPs.

We also looked at new data on what pharmacy needs to know about vaping; the TGA announced new restrictions on currently unregulated caffeine powders; and we examined pharmacy’s potential role in social prescribing.

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