Award winners, COVID-19 vaccination and legal cases dominated headlines this week…
This week we heard that 105 additional pharmacies have been invited to join COVID vaccination program. A total of 372 pharmacies nationally are so far participating, or have been invited to participate, in the program.
The South Australian government established an expert advisory group to consider expanding NIP access to community pharmacies in the state.
Goondiwindi pharmacist Emma Conway was named TerryWhite Chemmart’s Pharmacist of the Year for 2021 last weekend. She was described as a “pillar of her community” by TerryWhite Chemmart CEO Duncan Phillips.
Dr Manya Angley was also named the AACP MIMS Consultant Pharmacist of the Year for 2021. AJP spoke to Dr Angley about her experience as a carer, which she said ignited her passion for people with intellectual and developmental disability.
A Sydney pharmacist proprietor was reprimanded after failing to challenge a GP over prescribing of addictive drugs that saw a woman overdose. In a separate case, a GP was struck off for dangerously prescribing to patients, despite calls from pharmacists and clear signals of drug-seeking behaviours.
Pharmacist Dimi Hoppe provided a very detailed overview of real time prescription monitoring across Australia. We also shared news of Fred IT launching the first use of AI in dispensing software in Australia.
The TGA issued new warning of VTE risk with oral contraceptives containing dienogest, and updates contraception advice for tamoxifen. Finally we heard that the Chemist Warehouse empire is set to spread with the opening of its second European outlet.