The week in review

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Heather Maltman spoke about her EC experience to the Studio 10 panel.

It’s been a week of controversy for pharmacy, with several issues cropping up in mainstream news

Over the weekend former Home and Away star Christie Hayes wrote a blog on Mamamia explaining that her husband had been refused supply of emergency contraception (EC) on her behalf by a pharmacist, and felt judged when she presented herself.

A few days later, former Bachelor contestant Heather Maltman told the Studio 10 panel that she miscarried after her boyfriend was refused EC supply by a pharmacist.

The media storm prompted responses from pharmacists, and Jarrod McMaugh even wrote an article about how the pharmacists in the stories could have better handled the requests.

Dr Ken Harvey also made the news, having put in formal complaints regarding a medical weight loss institute and associated compounding pharmacy, alleging they were involved in inappropriate prescribing. The compounding pharmacy denied the claims, arguing that the prescribing in question did not contravene any guidelines.

In submissions to the King Review pharmacy owners spoke out about their financial struggles, saying price disclosure is affecting their ability to pay decent staff wages. The AMA also wrote a submission of its own in support of deregulation, saying it had “no concerns” about co-location of pharmacies within or adjacent to supermarkets and medical centres.

Terry White Group announced it is committed to further network expansion, with CEO Anthony White claiming the next 12 months will be “transformational” to the company; and Discount Drugs Stores expanded into the ACT. Meanwhile, the locum boycott of UK supermarket pharmacy Tesco is gaining traction, with an unofficial raising of pay on the agenda.

Finally, a pharmacist who also owns a chain of Perth smoke shops has been ordered to pay nearly $100,000 after pleading guilty to importing more than 2000 ice pipes from China and India between May and July 2014.

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