Recognition for pharmacists was an issue this week: whether in terms of consumer awareness or pay
The week started by recognising the important work pharmacists do, with World Pharmacists’ Day; around the world, members of the profession celebrated and raised awareness, particularly about expanded services.
Flu is still on the agenda, though we’re past the season’s peak: the Chief Medical Officer says there’s evidence this year’s vaccine was less effective than usual. Meanwhile, privacy concerns around flu vaccination have surfaced.
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians released a statement supporting the upschedule of low-dose codeine, which as the Pharmacy Guild pointed out, made no mention of real-time monitoring or doctor shopping. It’s an interesting omission, given that this week the ABS released its figures on cause of death in Australia in 2016, revealing a significant rise in prescription drug-induced deaths, particularly concerning opioids and benzodiazepines.
This Sunday, 1 October, the next round of Price Disclosure cuts are set to bite – costing pharmacies an average of $4,488 each, according to Guild estimates. And in most states, we’re all set to lose an hour on Sunday morning too: don’t forget to put your clocks forward for the start of Daylight Saving Time. Monday’s a public holiday here in NSW and the ACT, so AJP Daily will be back on Tuesday—ready to tell you which early career pharmacists were named our ten Rising Stars!