The week in review


Chelsea Felkai

As restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic relax around the country, it’s been a busy week for the pharmacy sector

The Pharmacy Guild’s Suzanne Greenwood asked why pharmacists aren’t recognised for their key role in helping with disasters and emergencies, and looked at how this could change. Meanwhile president George Tambassis congratulated the profession on its work during the COVID-19 pandemic… and called for a swift signing of the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement, which remains outstanding at the time of writing.

And what role could a specialised COVID pharmacist play? One hospital’s pharmacy team has some ideas.

PDL had some top tips for avoiding dispensing errors. Pharmacists in the Northern Territory were told they will now be able to vaccinate children aged 10 and up against the flu. Pharmacist Jason Bratuskins told us what it was like to dispense Australia’s first paperless electronic prescription.

Talking of e-scripts, we learned how the paper-less revolution has been accelerated by COVID-19, as Paul Naismith from the Fred IT Group presented on this topic as well as the spike in demand for medicines in March. And TerryWhite Chemmart was named the Pharmacy of the Month for that very busy month.

We looked at Amazon‘s latest moves towards the pharmacy sector, discovered that reprimands and complaints are up in Victoria, and heard from the Rural Pharmacy Network Australia on how pharmacy could help fill gaps left by GPs in rural areas.

And congratulations to Chelsea Felkai, who has been elected as NSW Branch President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, as well as outgoing president Professor Peter Carroll, who with Krysti-Lee Rigby was elected Vice President.

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