The week in review

Happy Easter! We take a look back at the last week in community pharmacy

As we head towards Easter, sector eyes have been looking towards next month’s Federal Budget: there’s been talk that Health Minister Greg Hunt is close to an agreement with Medicines Australia on changes to the PBS which could bring down the prices of some drugs. And the Guild says it’s looking to discuss retaining the immediate tax deductibility of asset purchases up to $20,000 beyond the existing deadline. It also welcomed the small business tax cuts.

A national real-time monitoring program could finally be on the cards, as Mr Hunt considers additional funding to get such a program running by the end of the year.

The issue of pay for employee pharmacists is still being discussed: the PSA has put out a call for an increase in the award wage, and the pharmacists’ union is looking for “lay witnesses” as it lobbies the Fair Work Commission for a pay increase.

Children’s safety around medicines has also been an issue. A US study produced worrying results around opioid-based medications, while a UK report examined safety issues within community pharmacy itself.

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