The week in review

We wrap up the last week in pharmacy

It’s been a busy week in community pharmacy, dominated by the issue of pharmacist remuneration and whether pharmacists are being paid enough.

The Guild’s David Quilty suggested that pharmacist pay isn’t enough to reflect the work pharmacists do or the qualifications you need; the PPA said you need a 30% pay rise; and we talked penalty rates, which may be cut if the Guild’s submission to the Fair Work Commission is successful.

Pay cuts may have an impact on the day to day running of pharmacies if the experience of Tesco in the UK is anything to go by: pharmacy groups in the UK are protesting a pay cut by the supermarket giant.

We discovered that script sales are dropping. We reported that Victoria has revised its policies on opioid pharmacotherapy drugs. And the PSA reminded us that pharmacists need to develop a CPD plan.

The Turnbull Government announced the rollout of its first tranche of Health Care Homes in 10 regions around the country, and both the Guild and the PSA argued strongly for a key role for community pharmacists.

It’s Be Medicinewise Week, with a theme this year of “take charge of your medicines”. NPS Medicinewise reported some interesting insights into consumer behaviour, such as the tendency for infrequent users to have lower rates of compliance.

And we celebrated the work of some pharmacists who are actively engaging with their local communities: Elise Apolloni, who has been awarded an Outstanding Community Spirit award, and Linda Lee, who with colleagues has been getting behind important local causes.

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