The week in review


Prof Lisa Nissen FPS receives the PSA QLD Gold Medal Award from Queensland Branch President Jacqueline Meyer.
Prof Lisa Nissen FPS receives the PSA QLD Gold Medal Award from Queensland Branch President Jacqueline Meyer.

The Melbourne Cup may have stopped the nation on Tuesday, but in the meantime the pharmacy sector stayed busy…

Health Minister Greg Hunt took to the MJA to laud the role of pharmacists. The codeine upschedule is a done deal, according to the TGA’s John Skerritt. And Mylan is offering free EpiPens with short expiry dates to eligible patients who can’t get hold of new stock as the shortage continues.

PSA president Shane Jackson got in touch with the mainstream media to talk 24/7 pharmacy. And we heard that changes to mandatory reporting for health professionals could be in place by the end of the year.

Next week is World Antibiotic Awareness Week: and if figures just released by NPS MedicineWise are anything to go by, it appears that there’s still a great deal of work to do just in adjusting parents’ expectations of how common self-limiting illnesses should be treated.

Pharmacy learned it’s about to farewell Dr Lance Emerson as CEO of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia; PSA and the Guild thanked Dr Emerson for all his achievements over the last three and a half years, while PSA searches for somebody to step into his shoes.

And congratulations from all of us at AJP to two of our contributors, Debbie Rigby and Lisa Nissen, and all pharmacists honoured by the Queensland PSA at its Reception and Awards Evening—not to mention new branch president Jacqueline Meyer.

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