The week in review

Parisa Aslani.
Parisa Aslani.

The issue of vaccination came to the fore this week, as well as an international focus with FIP holding its virtual meeting

Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Pharmacy School found that when it comes to self-reporting their behaviour in consults that don’t involve non-prescription medicines, pharmacists and pharmacy staff aren’t as reliable as you might think.

Dentists called to be allowed to provide vaccination, with Dr Myles Holt asking why Australians can “walk into a chemist” and get the flu jab but not have it done at the dentist, and new data looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic has created barriers to vaccination in pharmacy.

We wrapped up our poll about COVID-19 testing in pharmacy… it turns out a strong majority have significant reservations.

And congratulations to Professor Parisa Aslani, who has been elected a vice president of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). Prof Aslani spoke at the organisation’s Virtual Congress this week about the pharmacist’s key role in medicines and patient safety. FIP president Dominique Jordan said that after the pandemic has finished, pharmacists will have become more important than ever.

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