The week in review

It’s been a difficult week for pharmacy, even for those who were able to stay dry

As Cyclone Debbie raged in Queensland and northern NSW, the eyes of the pharmacy industry turned to MedsASSIST, as the Guild made a shock announcement on Wednesday it was to terminate the platform on Thursday night at 10pm. Many pharmacists expressed disappointment in the decision.

It appeared that Health Minister Greg Hunt also found the idea of terminating MedsASSIST to be disappointing: he intervened at the eleventh hour to help the Guild keep it up and running until 1 February 2018. This decision was welcomed by stakeholders.

And, of course, the latest PBS price disclosure cuts come into effect this weekend, with more than 1100 medicines set to drop in price by 30%.

There was some good news, though, with some “common sense” changes to pharmacy legislation passing through the Senate (possibly just in time, in the case of disaster provision).

On that note, from all of us here at AJP, we hope pharmacists, pharmacy assistants and your communities affected by Cyclone Debbie are all safe.

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