COVID-19 continues to make headlines as the crisis deepens in NSW and Victoria
Chemist Warehouse had a busy week, launching a new same-day delivery service, and hitting back at union claims after a worker at the discounter’s Victorian distribution centre tested positive to COVID-19: director of CW Retail Mario Tascone said the chain has followed all Department of Human Services protocols. And a Pharmacy 4 Less store in Tahmoor, NSW had to close for a deep clean after a staff member tested positive to the coronavirus, having been in contact with a case from the Crossroads Hotel cluster.
In more COVID news, Pharmacy Guild NSW president David Heffernan says he’s worried that fingers are being pointed at businesses, rather than patrons who aren’t social distancing. FIP updated its global guidance for pharmacy on COVID-19. And we spoke to Monash pharmacy professor Tina Brock and third-year pharmacy student and president of the Victorian Pharmacy Students’ Association Olivia di Giovine about how the university experience has changed thanks to the pandemic.
Amcal and Guardian are worried that flu and COVID-19 could still converge, and Guild national president George Tambassis is also encouraging flu vaccination. Tasmanian pharmacies have been embracing e-scripts. Health Minister Greg Hunt announced changes to telehealth which the AMA said will stop the “fragmenting of care” it says is part of the pharmacy telehealth experience, in comments a Guild spokesperson called “self-serving”. And Australia’s first COVID-19 treatment was approved: remdesivir (Veklury).
We found out what you think about the 7CPA and whether it’s a good Agreement for pharmacy. We discovered that the number of people using codeine for non-medical purposes has halved since 2016. NSW Health and the TGA warned the general public that there’s fake alprazolam circulating, though at this time it is not believed to be present in pharmacies.
Congratulations to NAPSA‘s newly elected executive, including Ethan Kreutzer, who was elected president, and seven new executive directors: Joseph Bejjani, Juliet Contreras, Samantha King, Rheanna Norris, Flynn Swift, Antoni Ukalović and Alex Ward.
And PSA national president Chris Freeman says the organisation is “bitterly disappointed” in last week’s Fair Work decision that pharmacy workers should not get paid pandemic leave. What do you think? Tell us in our latest poll here.