It’s been a busy week in the pharmacy sector…

There was big news in the world of banners this week, as the Malouf Group announced that it is to join the Ramsay Health Care pharmacy franchise network. Ramsay has made it very clear that it feels the current ownership regulations are onerous, and that pharmacies do not need a pharmacist owner to be operated safely and well. Also, a new “big box” concept was launched by Discount Department Stores and two Cairns brothers, around the concept of holistic wellness.

The SHPA, Guild and PSA have all united to put together an Advanced Practice Collaborative, which was discussed at this week’s SHPA conference in Sydney. AHPRA released a snapshot of pharmacy as well as the other health professions, in its annual report… and it’s also teamed up with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to get a clearer shot at health practitioners who prescribe and dispense performance enhancing drugs inappropriately.

In drug news, the Apo-Perindopril Arginine recall has been extended to another eight batches of the drug. FluMist Quadrivalent has gained tentative approval. And the manufacturer of Testogel has spoken out about its plans to maintain supply now that its competitor Axiron is out of the market.

A last bid to undo the penalty rates cuts was quashed in Parliament. And Chemist Warehouse again cleaned up on Singles’ Day, being declared one of the retail event’s “most loved” businesses by the Australian Financial Review.