The week in review


We take a look at the last week in pharmacy

This week, the big news has again been about how much pharmacists are paid. The Fair Work Commission handed down its decision on penalty rates, slashing employees’ rates by half for Sunday and public holiday work.

PPA attacked the Pharmacy Guild over the decision, saying the Guild “made an active decision to disrespect the work of thousands of hard-working pharmacists” and warning that many pharmacists may leave the profession. Meanwhile, the PSA urged employers to pay over the award, while employer groups including the Guild said the decision was “a win for common sense“.

AJP readers were overwhelmingly critical of the decision. And we’d like to know how the upcoming penalty rates cuts will affect you, either as an employer or an employee. Vote here in our poll.

Meanwhile, changes to leases in NSW are set to give owners more certainty, says the Pharmacy Guild. Uptake of the new hepatitis C drugs has soared. Medicinal cannabis could be available in as little as eight weeks. And the key role of hospital pharmacists was highlighted by an incident concerning counterfeit Viagra.

And we also discovered that a slim majority of pharmacists stock not only complementary medicines in general, but non-evidence-based homeopathic products… right in time for The Lancet‘s 25-year celebrations of evidence-based medicine.

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