The week in review

Dominic Perrottet
Dominic Perrottet

Vaccine passports, vaccine mandates and vaccine incidents all made the headlines this week

We heard the latest from the QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey, showing a low grad salary for pharmacy interns, but a high rate of employment. The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employee’s Association released data showing that abuse and aggression from retail customers had skyrocketed since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and warning that QR codes and vaccine passports could spark more trouble as parts of the nation begin to open up.

Meanwhile in Victoria, the Pharmacy Guild told us it’s working closely with its members to minimise any potential losses from the community pharmacy workforce after the state announced its vaccination mandate.

PDL offered advice on enquiries and incidents involving COVID-19 vaccines. The Pharmacy Board issued a reminder to pharmacists to renew their registration. The TGA released its Advertising Compliance Annual Report 2020-21, which was criticised by Friends of Science in Medicine‘s Dr Ken Harvey.

The TGA also rejected proposed schedule amendments for oral contraceptives and ibuprofen; while an independent review it commissioned found MDMA and psilocybin may show potential as therapeutic agents for the treatment of mental health disorders.

In business news, Wesfarmers bought nearly 20% of API and says it will continue with its plan to take over the wholesaler, the previous offer by Sigma notwithstanding.

There was change at the top in some states, with new NSW premier Dominic Perrottet replacing Gladys Berejiklian, and in Queensland, Dr Krispin Hajkowicz replacing current CHO, Dr Jeannette Young. Both appointments were welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild.

And congratulations to the pharmacists around the country involved with the vaccine rollout: they have now administered one million COVID-19 vaccines across Australia since community pharmacies joined the program… including Amir Hanna, proprietor of Port MacDonnell Pharmacy in South Australia, who has been taking COVID-19 vaccination to surrounding towns to boost rates. Read his story here.

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