The week in review

We take a look back at the week in community pharmacy

It’s been a difficult week for many, after news broke on Wednesday of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in London. And as happens so often, pharmacists have stepped in to help people displaced by the fire and to help support health networks stretched by the challenge of a disaster of this scale.

We learned that medicines shortages are worse than previously thought, with the SHPA calling for manufacturers to be more forthcoming with information on medicines stock. And there’s been concern about “large numbers of forged prescriptions for Fentanyl transdermal patches” being presented and filled in pharmacies.

We discovered that pharmacists have slipped a little in ratings of trust, and are now in third place behind nurses and doctors.

And there’s been significant debate over whether changes to medicinal cannabis for terminally ill people could have some negative flow-on effects.

In good news, though, pharmacists may not be the “forgotten” health professionals for much longer when it comes to palliative care, as the NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced a package including support for community pharmacy to provide services. We also learned that Australia is a regional leader in the Asia-Pacific in regard to its hepatitis policy.

And we saw pharmacists honoured in the Queen’s Birthday honours list, including Graham Slade, Harry Fredrick Jones, and former Guild national president Kos Sclavos. Congratulations to all.

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