The week in review

This week saw pharmacists around the world celebrate World Pharmacists Day and be praised for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, 25 September was World Pharmacists Day, and members of the profession and colleagues all celebrated… find out what they got up to here. Celebrating the day, Health Minister Greg Hunt made some announcements about research through the MRFF into pharmacists’ work and about the extension of continued dispensing and the Home Medicines Delivery Service—and the Pharmacists’ Support Service received funding from the Pharmacy Board to develop and expand wellbeing resources for members of the profession.

FIP was also busy this week, launching Development Goals, and issuing a policy statement on moving towards a sustainable remuneration model for professional services.

The TGA made an interim decision to allow nicotine for vaping to be sold through pharmacies as prescription-only… a move slammed by the National Retail Association‘s Dominique Lamb and received with cautious interest by the Guild‘s Anthony Tassone and the PSA‘s Chris Freeman. We also heard that new legislative changes will require active ingredients to be included on most PBS and RPBS prescriptions, to become mandatory from early next year.

An Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care report looked at trends in antimicrobial consumption. We heard from one young pharmacist about the impact on his career from taking recreational drugs at a music festival. And PDL also offered some advice, this time about the key responsibilities of pharmacy proprietors.

And congratulations to the following pharmacists who were recognised with PSA industry awards this week: Dianne Brown, Ilwoo Park, Luke Kelly, Patricia Payne, Dr Tin Fei Sim, Samuel Keitaanpaa and Debbie Rigby, as well as the incomparable Kay Dunkley, who has been named PSA Pharmacist of the Year.

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