The week in review

Here’s our last week in review for what’s certainly been a memorable year… and once again, COVID-19 is in the headlines

If you’d been wondering just how much the Federal Government actually spent on community pharmacy, a PBS report had the answer. And a study by pharmacists Zachary Sum and Charmaine Ow highlighted the cleanest—and the grottiest—places in pharmacies they looked at.

The Jean Hailes Women’s Health Survey 2020 had some sobering findings about women’s health, including during the pandemic. The PSA welcomed the final report released by the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce.

Another study out of James Cook University found that while many pharmacists are interested in providing expanded services, they are often unsure what these services actually involve.

The NPSA has readied itself for more challenges this summer… just in case. The TGA announced a final decision to downschedule certain low dose cannabidiol preparations to S3; and also revealed the results of its safety review into antidepressants.

And we were concerned to hear that a Ramsay pharmacy worker has tested positive to COVID-19… best wishes for a speedy recovery, and best wishes to all affected by Sydney‘s northern beaches cluster, including those at the Chemist Warehouse on the watch list.

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