The week in review

Counting the cost in the aftermath of recent natural disasters, and more action over the ongoing penalty rates cut saga dominated the week in pharmacy

The penalty rates issue kept chugging along during the week, with calls from pharmacist union PPA urging Chemist Warehouse not to implement the cuts in their stores. 

Meanwhile, reports gradually emerged of the number of pharmacies experiencing damage or stock loss as a result of Tropical Cyclone Debbie and widespread associated flooding. At least 40 Queensland pharmacies have filed insurance claims, with some suffering very extensive damage.

Another long-running saga was finally put to rest during the week with RB losing its final High Court appeal over a $6 million penalty imposed for contravening Australian Consumer Law in regards to making misleading claims for its Nurofen Specific Pain products. 

And on a happy note, a NSW pharmacy was named Champion Pharmacy of the Year at the 2017 Australian Small Business Champion Awards. Mega Save Chemist Charlestown, located in a suburb of Newcastle puts its success “down to our customer service. We always strive to give the best customer service in our area,” said its retail manager Brianne Lowe. 

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  1. Elizabeth Bajusz

    Pharmacist pay rates. Let me relate a very short story.
    I’ve just had an experienced electrician attend my home. He was thorough, found the problem and told me what would be needed to fix it. This took one hour and I received an account for $100.
    When will pharmacists ever get close to this???

    • Jarrod McMaugh

      Not denying the need to review wages… But that electrician’s wage is only part of that fee you were charged.

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