The week in review

$1 being picked up

We take a look back at the week in pharmacy

Ahead of next week’s Budget, the pharmacy sector has been copping more criticism from a certain News Corp journalist, with claims that “greedy chemists” are refusing to help sick Australians by not passing on the $1 copayment discount. The Guild condemned the report, pointing out the key role of pharmacy in helping stretch the health dollar via price disclosure.

But otherwise, it was quite a positive week. For those keeping an eye on the medicinal cannabis situation, the first imports arrived on Monday. And the Guild responded to the My Health Record trials by praising the opt-out model, saying it’s “the clearest path to meaningful use of a national digital health record system”.

The PSA Refresher Course has commenced, with PSA president Joe Demarte telling delegates that “there has never been a greater need for unity in the profession”. The Guild is still working on potential solutions for the vexed issue of codeine access. And FIP has been busy, issuing 67 statements on pharmaceutical education and urging pharmacy around the world to transform the profession.

If you have an outstanding pharmacy assistant, why not consider nominating him or her for the Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award? The Guild has reminded the sector that there’s only a couple of weeks to go before the contest closes.

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