The week in review


Shane Jackson and Zed Seselja unveil a plaque commemorating the launch of the new Pharmacy House.
Shane Jackson and Zed Seselja unveil a plaque commemorating the launch of the new Pharmacy House.

Several stakeholders have taken aim at pharmacy this week… but others have expressed support for what pharmacists do

The ACTU has called for changes to employment rules which would see penalty rates restored and employees required to make some casual staff permanent if they ask, which COSBOA said would “destroy small business”. The TGA reminded pharmacists that kids under two shouldn’t be given first-generation sedating antihistamines.

The Guild’s David Quilty spoke out about the organisation’s political support, pointing out that it takes a “non-partisan” approach. The NSW Guild also briefed its members on preparing for upcoming state and federal elections, with its president, David Heffernan, expressing concern about what he called a “deep seeded contempt and/or wilful ignorance of the role of the community pharmacist within some government departments and their ancillary ‘stakeholder’ groups”.

Libertarian Senator David Leyonhjelm launched an attack on the location rules in particular, claiming that the pharmacy sector that “has far too great an influence on its own regulation”. And another stakeholder group, the online service Qoctor, took a swipe at pharmacy absence from work certificates.

But others are increasingly appreciative of what pharmacists can do, as a Western Sydney study showed: there were high rates of GP acceptance of pharmacist recommendations as a result of pharmacist-patient consultations across 15 general practice sites. And we discovered what hospital pharmacists are doing to help prevent flu deaths.

AJP would like to extend its best wishes to John Plevey and his colleagues, who have been helping out the people of Tathra following the week’s devastating bushfires.

And we’d also like to extend our congratulations to the PSA, on the launch of its brand-new Pharmacy House, which president Shane Jackson says is symbolic of “taking the profession to the next level”.

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