This week began with accolades for pharmacy’s future leaders, but ended with debate with doctors over codeine
Controversy has erupted—again—over codeine and the 1 February upschedule, with NSW Nationals leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro calling for Health Ministers to push for the Guild‘s proposed “prescription—except when” model, or—though this isn’t the Guild’s position—potentially a reversal of the decision.
The Australian Medical Association and some high-profile doctors then attacked the Guild over the announcement, accusing it of being “sneaky” and attempting to undermine the TGA.
Meanwhile, the PSA is pushing for a significant change to mandatory reporting, Amcal and the Guild’s George Tambassis have been active in talking to carers, and Ken Harvey has called for a $2 million-plus fine to be levelled against Chemist Warehouse for its AFL Grand Final promotion.
But there’s no doubt that this week belonged to Elise Apolloni, the Canberra pharmacist who was named our top Rising Star by AJP readers. As well as being voted Australia’s leading Early Career Pharmacist, she scooped the ACT Telstra Business Women’s Awards, taking out the Telstra ACT Entrepreneur of the Year; Telstra ACT Young Business Woman of the Year; and Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year Awards. Congratulations to Elise and her colleagues, as well as all our Rising Stars, from all of us at the AJP.