The week in review

We take a look back at the week in community pharmacy

An opinion piece which called for supermarket pharmacy ownership and the end of CPAs has drawn ire from the sector, as well as sparking a debate here at AJP. Willy the Chemist pointed out that several points made in the opinion piece, which was written by business consultant Michael Rhodes, demonstrates “lack of understanding of this industry”.

There was robust discussion of the price of medicines and how expenditure on health plays out in Australia and internationally, with Anthony Tassone pointing out that “the USA has not been shown to demonstrate superior outcomes to Australia in terms of healthcare expenditure and other measures”.

Aside from whether supermarket pharmacy ownership ever happens, in the meantime we learned that the small business sector does not feel supported by the Turnbull Government. Let’s see if there’s anything more positive in the upcoming Federal Budget, even if we did learn that pre-Budget leaks about “radical reforms” in the pharmacy sector may have had less substance than it first appeared.

FIP issued a statement on self-care and why it’s important to encourage such behaviours amongst patients. And we’re on the eve of Heart Week—a great time to discuss hypertension, the Guild says.

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