The week in review

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Vaccination against COVID-19 made the headlines again this week, following a second confirmed case of linked clotting disorder, and possibly a death

Late this week, it was reported that a NSW woman had died after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine; the Federal Department of Health says it is now investigating whether there is any link between the two events. This followed a TGA announcement earlier in the week in which it said that the Vaccine Safety Investigation Group had concluded that a second case of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia was likely to be linked to vaccination.

The Guild‘s Suzanne Greenwood expressed concern about the number of flu vaccinations given so far this year, saying stakeholders are worried that apathy might be setting in amid the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Meanwhile in NSW, Minister for Health Brad Hazzard indicated his support for community pharmacy access to vaccines under the National Immunisation Program.

And if you had any more questions about vaccination for this year, such as whether your indemnity insurance covers administering the COVID-19 jab, PDL shared the latest information here.

Dr Amy Peacock, Program Lead for Drug Trends at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, said the organisation is concerned about the rise in drug-induced deaths involving pharmaceutical medicines like opioids, benzodiazepines, antipsychotics and pregabalin, following the release of its latest report.

Employer groups called for a wage freeze for low-paid award-reliant workers, including pharmacy assistants, an idea opposed by the Pharmacy Guild and the unions alike.

A Victorian coroner recommended the state government implement a drug checking service and drug early warning network, after five men died as a direct or indirect result of ingesting a dangerous combination of two novel psychoactive substances.

Do you have a hidden (or not-so-hidden) talent? AJP has launched its 2021 Pharmacy’s Got Talent contest, which can be entered either on-site if you’re attending APP2021, or virtually. Find out how to enter, here!

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