The week in review

We take a look at the last week in pharmacy

Several pharmacists have done the profession proud over the last week: Olympian Madeline Hills beat her personal best to come seventh in the women’s steeplechase final in Rio.

As one of our readers pointed out, her teammate, Genevieve LaCaze, is the daughter of a Gold Coast pharmacist – a double pharmacy connection in the final, where LaCaze placed ninth. The two were the first Australian women to make the steeplechase final. The AJP wishes them both the best of luck in tomorrow’s 5000m final!

And Chris Freeman and the team at Camp Hill Healthcare were able to showcase the benefits of an integrated GP, pharmacist and allied health team to Health Minister Sussan Ley, who said she found the lineup “impressive”.

That reliable mainstay of pain management, paracetamol, was in the news: in a guest blog on Evidently Cochrane, Professor Andrew Moore from the University of Oxford said that a Cochrane Review found the drug is largely ineffective and not particularly safe.

He urged health professionals to reconsider using the drug in the light of that data.

Meanwhile, another study got a lot of media attention for its conclusion that paracetamol during pregnancy may be linked to an increased risk for multiple behavioural problems in children.

And we took a look at life since winning Pharmacy of the Year at Pharmacy777 in Nollamara – where “customer” is a swear word necessitating putting a dollar into a swear jar.

Several readers commented on the excellent pharmacy culture this and other initiatives at the pharmacy display.

“Swarup and the other pharmacists are an excellent and contemporary example of having made the culture shift,” wrote Bruce Annabel.

“They transitioned several years ago from being just another chemist shop typified by dispensing chemists, assistants engaging customers, selling stuff and transacting to the focus being on patient health outcomes.”

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