The week in review

Pharmacy students, awards and COVID-19 were all under the spotlight in pharmacy media this week…

The TGA is asking for submissions on its proposed changes to compounded medicine manufacturing practices and procedures. Research led by the Pharmacy Department at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane reviewed oxycodone quantity prescribing on discharge before recent pack size changes.

Research from James Cook University showed students who study at a rural or regional pharmacy school are more likely to remain in a similar area during their careers. And we spoke to pharmacy students Ethan Kreutzer and Rheanna Norris, and pharmacy professor Tina Brock, about their experiences during the COVID-19 crisis.

We found out whether there’s any truth to all those memes about overeating during lockdown (unsurprisingly, yes there is). Dr Amy Page had some sage advice for pharmacists who are talking to patients about their allergic rhinitis as we head deeper into allergy season during the pandemic. And researchers from the UK‘s University of Cambridge had a look at the predictors of belief in COVID-19 misinformation.

Talking of COVID-19, we’d like to know what you think of the state of our internal borders. Tell us in our poll here.

Congratulations to FRED IT, which won the Business & Industry Solution of the Year award at the 2020 Victorian iAwards this week; to Dr Erica Tong, winner of the Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award from the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia… and to the state and territory finalists in the Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Awards.

And for Mental Health Week this week (10-18 Oct), the AJP and PSS hosted an exclusive webinar event to address the mental wellbeing of the pharmacy profession, featuring Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and former pharmacist and beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell, and Curtis Ruhnau, PDL NSW Director, the PDL representative on the Pharmacists’ Support Service, and a partner in Emerton Pharmacy. If you couldn’t make it on the day, check it out here.


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