Developing news around pharmacy’s role in the COVID-19 vaccination program dominated the news cycle during the week
All eligible community pharmacies across Australia were finally the green light to join the COVID-19 vaccination rollout on Thursday.
Nearly 4,000 community pharmacies, which had already successfully applied the join the program through an Expression of Interest process earlier in the year, were now expected to commence administering the AstraZeneca vaccine from mid-August.
A small number of Victorian pharmacies – both metropolitan and regional – had already begun, or were soon to start vaccinating.
The RACGP head said through the week that some pharmacies were advertising absence from work certificates “as if it’s like toothpaste”, comments slammed by pharmacy leaders.
The TGA’s medicines scheduling committee rejected a number of applications to allow direct-to-consumer advertising for a number of Pharmacy Only medicines.
Notification of a decision on the rescheduling of nitrous oxide, or Nangs, was deferred
The nominations process for the UTS Innovative Pharmacist Award for 2021 has begun