The week in review

Vaccination (for COVID-19 and otherwise) was a key issue in the pharmacy sector this week

Academics from the University of Canberra and the University of Tasmania said that pharmacists can, and should, play a key role in the national roll out of mass COVID-19 vaccination… and according to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, healthcare professionals are likely to be given priority access to a COVID-19 vaccine if it becomes available. Meanwhile the WA Government announced that pharmacists will be able to administer vaccinations outside of a community pharmacy.

The Guild and the PSA both welcomed the re-election of the Palaszczuk Labor Government in Queensland, and exchanged shots over who was responsible for negotiating a full scope trial. The Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacists reported that the number of pharmacists seeking accreditation for medication management reviews is at its highest level since 2014.

Health’s Dr John Skerritt and Dr Brendan Murphy were questioned in the Senate about medicines shortages, and also discussed whether nicotine for vaping should be a therapeutic or consumer good… while the NRA‘s Dominique Lamb again complained that pharmacy should not be given a “monopoly” on these goods.

Addiction specialist pharmacist Angelo Pricolo defended the need for help for people who inject illicit drugs against comments by shock jock Steve Price… and told us a cracking yarn about a couple of guys in Puma tracksuits.

And congratulations to Benjamin King from Alice Springs Pharmacy in Northern Territory, who has been recognised as Australia’s outstanding pharmacy assistant of 2020.

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