The week in review

Another COVID lockdown, issues of full scope and a new chapter in GPs’ attacks on pharmacy made headlines this week

With Melbourne in lockdown and more measures in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Pharmacy Guild Victorian branch’s president Anthony Tassone discussed the barriers to the COVID-19 vaccine rolling out in pharmacy.

Doctors again took aim at pharmacists, with the RACGP’s Dr Evan Ackermann and Karen Price slamming a proposal to downschedule some oral contraceptive pills to Pharmacist Only.

The TGA fined a Queensland man $7,992 for the alleged unlawful importation of a medicine containing armodafinil. We heard from the Consumers Health Forum’s Leanne Wells, who says it is “working on” on a ‘5 Questions to Ask your Pharmacist’ program to aid patient health literacy and improve quality use of medicines.

Is pharmacy a women-friendly profession? We found one way in which it may not be: an increased risk of miscarriage. Tell us what you think about women in pharmacy in our poll here.

We brought you more updates from the APP2021 conference, such as comments from Emma McBride, pharmacist and MP, who talked about her support for allowing pharmacists to practice to their full scope; and Dr Colin Mendelsohn, founding chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association, who advised on misconceptions about smoking cessation;

And congratulations to the new directors on the Australian Pharmacy Council’s Board: Assoc. Prof Kirstie Galbraith, Abbas Alibhai and Helen Spiteri.


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