The week in review

Mandy Wang, Brad Butt and Erin Cooper
Mandy Wang, Brad Butt and Erin Cooper.

The COVID-19 vaccine made headlines this week, in pharmacy and beyond

The turf war between pharmacy and GPs is back, this time over the COVID-19 jab, with AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid saying doctors have reservations about the pharmacy setting as a “retail space trying to sell you products”. This prompted PSA national president Dr Chris Freeman to respond that, “Medical groups that are promoting these false turf wars should refocus on what our objective as health care professionals are and that is ensuring the health of the public moving forward”.

The Guild‘s Anthony Tassone also criticised doctor moves to lobby against pharmacy as a channel for the vaccine, saying pharmacists are more necessary than ever in immunisation. And there was a surprising result from AJP‘s poll on the subject: more than a third of readers aren’t comfortable receiving a COVID-19 jab.

Dr Khorshid also issued a warning about findings from a report on the health impacts of climate change.

Research by intern pharmacist and Griffith University graduate Tahlia Duyster showed nearly a third of young Australians believed OTC analgesics to be completely harmless. Professor Amanda Wheeler spoke at the virtual National Medicines Symposium, noting that medicine-related problems are common because using medicines is our most common healthcare treatment.

The Pharmacy Board and AHPRA are seeking pharmacist immunisers to complete a survey about their immunisation training. PDL opened the Student Grant Program for 2021.

Congratulations to Chris Owen, who was awarded the President’s Award by the Pharmacy Guild; to Brad Butt, Mandy Wang and Erin Cooper, recipients of the inaugural ACT Excellence Awards from the PSA; and to outgoing Guild president George Tambassis, who was made a life member of the organisation this week.

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