The week in review


NAPSA Pharmacy Awareness Chair Stephanie Samios, with founder and director of Fullife Foundation Ian Shanks, who is a Victorian pharmacist
NAPSA Pharmacy Awareness Chair Stephanie Samios, with founder and director of Fullife Foundation Ian Shanks, who is also a Victorian pharmacist.

It may have been a short week for many, but it’s been a busy week for the Pharmacy Guild

Following our tongue-in-cheek announcement on 1 April that the Pharmacy Guild might be planning to register as a political party, the organisation has been reaching out to its fellow health sector stakeholders this week. It’s flagged a closer relationship with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, with the PSA’s Shane Jackson writing a guest column in Forefront that the two groups have been working “closely together” on a several CPA programs.

Meanwhile Guild executive director David Quilty called for the end of the “turf wars” surrounding flu vaccination in pharmacy, pointing out as other stakeholders have before him that the key issue is to improve vaccination rates and that GPs don’t necessarily all object to pharmacist vaccination.

But the organisation still has its concerns about the lack of real time monitoring and the possibility that pharmaceutical suppliers may be encouraging GPs to prescribe stronger painkillers now that low-dose codeine is S4. The Guild has also set out some guidelines for pharmacists on social media.

We discovered that the sector has responded very positively to the Advancing Practice program. The Pharmacy Board released data on the percentage of pharmacist passing audits.

And the baby formula debate hasn’t gone away, with one pharmacy targeted in mainstream media for opening its doors to daigou before its normal opening time.

Meanwhile, NAPSA has announced that it is raising funds for the Fullife Foundation, a charity established by pharmacist Ian Shanks to improve the health of women and children in Africa, which is currently planning to build a health post in the Shurmo region of Ethiopia. Supporters can donate to the 2018 NAPSA Charity Cup here.

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