The week in review

Canberra Parliament House

Parliamentary debates, a new Qld Health Minister, and a Federal Court stoush made the headlines this week…

Pharmacist politician Emma McBride waded into the e-cigarettes debate, saying there is no evidence they are safe or less harmful than combustible cigarettes. There has been significant debate about the regulatory status of nicotine liquids for vaping, with the TGA’s Adjunct Professor John Skerritt recently outlining three potential regulatory paths for the products – two of which would be through bricks-and-mortar or online Australian pharmacies.

MPs also debated health inequities in Parliament, which was told pharmacy and other health professions have a ‘metrocentric maldistribution’.

We covered former celebrity chef and television presenter Pete Evans being awarded the Australian Skeptics’ Bent Spoon award – the first time in Skeptics history that the same person has won the award twice.

FIP published a handbook to support pharmacists in preventing, controlling, managing and treating vector-borne diseases.

Legal advisor Stephanie McGrath shared a guide on the extension of pandemic entitlements for health sector employees.

We heard that a Federal Court stoush over the approval of pharmacy premises ended with one applicant being ordered to pay appeal costs to the other. The debate centred around the importance of a newly opened Coles supermarket.

Queensland got a new Health Minister who was “warmly welcomed” by the Pharmacy Guild.

The Australian Pharmacy Council became a member of the Pharmacists’ Support Service, and Wizard Pharmacy Kalgoorlie Central was presented with the 2020 Community Support and Engagement award by the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce & Industry – congratulations to the Wizard Pharmacy Kalgoorlie Central team!

Finally, mainstream media again speculated Chemist Warehouse may not have abandoned plans for an initial public offering in 2021, with the possibility it could float with a market value of $5 billion.

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