The week in review

The Capital Chemist Wanniassa team celebrates its win. Image: Twitter

As we head towards Christmas, we take a look at the last week in community pharmacy

Direct supply continues to be a problem for the sector: the Pharmacy Guild’s David Quilty spoke out about the issue this week, while we also learned that AJP readers are not keen on manufacturers skipping the CSO wholesalers.

And as one of our readers pointed out, “another day, another call to deregulate”. This time it was the Grattan Institute, which released a report on competition in Australia and concluded there wasn’t enough, including in pharmacy. This followed last week’s Senate inquiry into how red tape affects the pharmacy industry, in which Mr Quilty defended the location and ownership rules to libertarian Senator David Leyonhjelm.

We found out what pharmacy students think about their future: they have concerns about pay and career guidance, and they’re keen to consider careers in hospitals. The Asthma Handbook has been updated. The Capital Chemist Wanniassa wrapped up the year by taking out one last award: the banner group’s Pharmacy of the Year.

And Amazon has launched in Australia at last: whether you’re keen to get in some last-minute Christmas shopping or concerned about how it could impact your front of shop business in the short term—or possibly even medicines in the long-term—it’s likely to change how Australians do retail business.

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