It’s been a busy week in community pharmacy…
In two major announcements this week, the award wage for employee pharmacists has gone up, albeit not by very much; while the ACCC cleared pharmacists, manufacturers and wholesalers of any “coordinated price increases or misleading representations regarding low-dose codeine products”.
The presidents of the Guild and PSA in NSW teamed up to call for that state to come in line with other jurisdictions where more vaccines can be delivered by accredited pharmacists… and to suggest that pharmacists could also vaccinate teens. MedAdvisor launched a consumer campaign to boost flu vaccination uptake, while nationally, the PSA is again calling for pharmacists to have access to MBS items.
A Senate hearing has flagged audits of several pharmacy programs, while one rural area was found to have disproportionately high levels of oxycodone prescribing. And rates of errors in care transition have been found to be still too high.
A number of studies looked at pharmacists’ increasing role in the health landscape, including one from the US which examined barriers and attitudes towards their role in mental health, and an Australian pilot study which looked at how pharmacists can target adolescents for information on health literacy. Meanwhile a Canadian study examined how pharmacists can manage uncomplicated UTIs.
Fairfax newspapers, meanwhile, published a story on how suburban pharmacists are apparently breaking bad.