The week in review

We take a look at the last week in pharmacy

There was big news for six community pharmacies around the country this week, as the Pharmacy Guild announced its finalists in this year’s Pharmacy of the Year competition.

The Guild’s Nick Panayiaris praised the finalists and said that while they all shone in many ways, all had one thing in common: their recognition of the need for change and innovation in pharmacy.

AJP would like to congratulate all six finalists: Lucy Walker Chemmart Goondiwindi, Queensland; Capital Chemist Southlands, Australian Capital Territory; Capital Chemist Wanniassa, Australian Capital Territory; Waikerie Chemplus, South Australia; Terry White Chemmart Hawthorn, Victoria (pictured); and Beaufort St 24 hour Chemist, Perth, Western Australia.   

The Guild is still advocating to have community pharmacies reimbursed for funds relating to the 6.5 million or 2.14 per cent shortfall in prescription volumes in 2015-16.

And the AIHW told us that workforce supply challenges are causing accessibility problems and greater costs for some of the most vulnerable Australians.

Sussan Ley knocked back doctors’ requests to delay the commencement of the Health Care Homes Trial, confirming the 1 July 2017 starting date and reminding doctors that the trial is voluntary.

Finally, we saw Chemist Warehouse enter a compliance partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman after backpaying nearly 6000 of its staff a total of over $3.5 million. The scale of the underpayment was “disturbing,” said the Pharmacy Guild.

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