The week in review

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A sad milestone, a suggested threat to the medicines supply chain and diverted methadone all made the news this week

A dispute between the Maritime Union Association and Patrick made headlines this week, with Pharmacy Guild Queensland branch president Trent Twomey telling mainstream media that it had already caused disruption to the supply chain; national president George Tambassis and federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said they were more concerned about supply in the long run.

Now that early voting in the ACT election has started, the PSA is calling for a wider role for pharmacists, expanding access to vaccination and offering greater support on hospital discharge. The Department of Health extended the image-based prescription interim measure.

Dentist and pharmacist Dr Leanne Teoh took a look at opioid prescribing among dentists, particularly following the codeine upschedule, and suggested they should have access to real time monitoring. Another study is looking for pharmacists to hear about their experiences managing patients with atrial fibrillation. And QUT researchers Elizabeth McCourt, Judith Singleton, Vivienne Tippett and Lisa Nissen found that there’s little data on how prepared pharmacists are to help manage disasters, but preparedness appears low.

Diverted methadone was implicated in another death, and addiction specialist Angelo Pricolo took a look at the coroner’s recommendations and what they could mean for patients.

Advantage Group and Instigo announced an agreement to merge and form Pharmacy Platform. Priceline looked at women and stress. Debbie Rigby is stepping down from NPS MedicineWise.

And in sad news, the world passed a milestone this week, with the millionth person dying from COVID-19.

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