The week in review

white pills and tablets: GMiA

Codeine stayed in the headlines this week, amid a flurry of announcements from stakeholder bodies

The codeine debate rolled on, with State and Territory Health Ministers responding to NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro‘s call for consideration of a reversal or compromise on the upschedule. The Rural Doctors’ Association is now taking issue with some of the Pharmacy Guild‘s comments about health access in rural and remote areas. The RACGP’s Dr Edwin Kruys attacked the Guild over the issue, saying it’s a “disruptive factor” in healthcare; meanwhile the AMA president, Dr Michael Gannon, queried whether codeine would even be approved for use today.

United Voice and the SDA, the two unions representing hospitality workers and shop staff (including pharmacy assistants) have lost their bid to overturn cuts to penalty rates, but the SDA says it won’t give up fighting until the rates are restored.

It looks like Amazon‘s bid to get into the pharmaceutical market is a matter of when, not if. The Pharmacy Guild’s David Quilty called for the National Immunisation Program be extended to pharmacy. The WHO has launched a plan to halve medication errors within the next five years.

The PSA issued a statement on marriage equality, pointing out that discrimination and exclusion are harmful to mental health. The Pharmacy Board issued a reminder that pharmacists need to retain their professionalism online, including on social media.

And there’s been change here at AJP, with a new-look menu bar and exciting new features.

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