The week in review


(L-R): Keynote speaker Elise Apolloni, Stephanie Samios, NAPSA Pharmacy Awareness Chair, and Kay Dunkley from PSS.
(L-R): Keynote speaker Elise Apolloni, Stephanie Samios, NAPSA Pharmacy Awareness Chair, and Kay Dunkley from PSS.

Opioids are still in the news, as methadone patients are vilified in the press and pharmacists respond to accusations of price gouging

The Pharmacy Guild‘s Anthony Tassone says he has written to Pain Australia to express concern about comments made last week suggesting that pharmacists had upped the price of low-dose codeine. Tasmania has announced that it will track formerly-OTC codeine products through its DORA monitoring system, a move welcomed by the Guild’s John Dowling and PSA‘s Shane Jackson, though there are still calls for a cohesive national approach to real time monitoring. And the Pharmacy Board advised on handling scripts for large amounts of codeine.

And the profession has reacted with anger towards a piece by A Current Affair which stalked methadone patients and filmed them getting into their cars, describing them as “users” who were getting a “fix”.

“Pathetic,” wrote one AJP reader. “Here you have people who are trying to do the right thing – fix their lives up and they are being demonised by ACA.” The Guild’s Anthony Tassone has written to ACA to complain about the segment, which he called an “appalling piece trying desperately to parade as journalism”.

There are plans to help raise vaccination rates among children, as doctors told of their frustration over the vaccine refusal movement. NSW has made changes aimed at simplifying access to medicinal cannabis. New data shows that medication errors are a significant problem.

A charity night held for Pharmacists’ Support Service was hailed a success, helping the service support pharmacists in need; the PSS also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NAPSA this week, to help support members of the profession.

And GuildCare has announced its finalists: congratulations to all the state winners!

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