The week in review


It’s been a busy week, with flooding, movement in COVID-19 vaccination news and a warning on oral methotrexate

This week saw some wild weather, which saw Blooms The Chemist pharmacist Lizzy Gripper and her team packing medicines for an emergency chopper ride. And 15 months on from the 2019-20 bushfire disaster, Capital Chemist raised $15,000 for fire brigades.

The Pharmacy Board published its sobering findings about oral methotrexate, and why errors still occur… including seven incidents where the patient died. Ahpra and the Boards are also seeking feedback on revised regulatory principles for the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

In vaccine news, pharmacies received an update on expressions of interest for the COVID-19 vaccination program, but the Guild was worried about a lack of detail around the selection process. Researchers from the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, Canberra took a look at the people most likely to resist vaccination against the novel coronavirus; AstraZeneca announced the availability of its first Australian-made COVID-19 vaccines; and in flu jab news, Seqirus announced the availability of its cell-based seasonal influenza vaccine, Flucelvax Quad.

Still on the subject of COVID-19, Professor Michael Dooley, former President of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, examined how pharmacy adapted to the challenge of the pandemic, and the risk of medication misinformation.

Sigma announced its latest financial results. The TGA issued infringement notices to Chemist Warehouse and My Chemist over alleged unlawful advertising. We looked at fatal drug poisonings involving clozapine.

Congratulations to Bridget Totterman, Gilbert Yeates, Hannah Knowles, Joshua Clements, Joyce McSwan and Beverly Glass, who were all honoured this week by the PSA‘s Queensland branch; and to Chris Owen, who is now Acting President, and Amanda Seeto, Acting Vice-President and Acting National Councillor for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch after the election of Trent Twomey to the role of National President.

And after last week’s news about pay and conditions, we’d like to hear from you about whether your pay has increased; whether you’d recommend pharmacy as a career; and whether you’re thinking about quitting the profession. Let us know in our polls here.

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