The week in review

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Pay has been high on the agenda this week in community pharmacy

The PSA‘s Dr Shane Jackson told the AJP that a way to improve the pay situation is to overhaul and strengthen the Community Pharmacy Agreements, and we took a look at what the wage crisis really means for the pharmacy sector.

EBOS announced record earnings, Ramsay Health Care confirmed that it has exchanged contracts with Queensland’s Malouf Group, and Symbion has been holding forums to help pharmacy prepare for the codeine upschedule. Stakeholders have thanked Department of Health Secretary Martin Bowles for his years of service, following his resignation this week. And pharmacist Fouad Bakkali emerged as one of the heroes of the terrorist attack in Barcelona, keeping bystanders safe and providing emergency first aid to a badly hurt Australian woman.

GPs have been in the news, some for allegedly saying they’re helping families avoid vaccination, and AMA president Dr Michael Gannon for suggesting it’s likely doctors will prescribe less and lower-dose codeine in the future.

And the Turnbull Government‘s plans to drug test welfare recipients are now in train, with the Bill currently before the Senate. We’d like to know what you think of the plan: will it help reduce drug use, encourage people into treatment or make matters worse? Vote in our poll here.

Meanwhile, our Search for Australia’s Oldest Medicines competition, in partnership with Return Unwanted Medicines, is going great guns. Check out our first winner here!

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