The week in review


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Flu vaccination rolled out, pregnancy tests recalled… We take a look back at the week in pharmacy

This week, there was good news for pharmacists who have been providing vaccination services and consumers wanting protection against flu. The Guild announced findings that more than seven million Australians aged 18-64 are planning to have a flu shot this year, which they can now do in pharmacies across Australia.

There were several significant events in the world of women’s reproductive health: the Northern Territory decriminalised abortion and legalised access to RU486, while the TGA removed some pregnancy tests from the market after they were found not to work reliably.

The TGA made its final decision on nicotine in e-cigarettes: to retain the current ban. And a new report urged us to look at illicit drug use as a health issue, not a criminal issue, amid a set of recommendations which could see pharmacy playing an even bigger role in harm minimisation.

We took a look at some pre-budget submissions, including that of the SHPA, which is keen to be included in the negotiation of remuneration for pharmacy services; and Swisse, which is keen to see changes to advertising claim regulation.

And four batches of EpiPen were recalled… prompting a discussion about how well such news is disseminated to pharmacy.

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