The week in review

Georgina Twomey

It’s been a busy week in Australian pharmacy… here are some of the stories which made the headlines

The WA Guild is calling on all parties ahead of the upcoming state election to support a bigger role for community pharmacy, with branch president Andrew Ngeow saying that COVID-19 “starkly reinforced” the sector’s role. Meanwhile national president George Tambassis criticised pharmacy’s exclusion from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) COVID-19 Working Group, and national executive director Suzanne Greenwood said pharmacy was “integral” to a vaccine rollout.

PDL had some advice on common dispensing errors. The PSA has revised the cautionary advisory label used by pharmacists for antibiotics.

A new study by University of Manchester researchers examined difficulties in communication caused by face masks used to stop the spread of COVID-19, with emphasis on health professionals including pharmacists. Another study found that the rate of supply for hormonal long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in Australia increased over the past decade.

In the UK, Lloydspharmacy reportedly sent a box full of patient information to an unintended recipient: instead of the NHS at Bolton, it went to a random woman in Scotland.

And in banner news, Chemist Warehouse has teamed up with Sherpa to offer two-hour delivery; and Amcal and Guardian launched a campaign to celebrate those pharmacists who went above and beyond in helping deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

Congratulations to Georgina Twomey, Managing Director of Alive Pharmacy Warehouse Group, who has made the top five finalists for Australia Post’s Unsung Hero Award, in the large retailer category; and to Professor Debra Rowett, who was elected as new president of the Council of Pharmacy Schools ANZ.

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