The week in review

Expanded pharmacist roles were in the news this week…

At ConPharm conference, we heard about a pilot study that found clinical pharmacists in residential aged care teams were able to positively impact on the day-to-day running of the facility, and address the specific medication-related needs of each resident.

And a qualitative pilot study on pharmacists embedded within three ACT general practices received positive feedback from all stakeholders including the patients, GPs, practice nurses and practice pharmacists themselves.

A recent debate between consultant clinical pharmacist Debbie Rigby and GP Dr Evan Ackermann saw the two go head-to-head on the topic of expanded pharmacist roles, with Dr Ackermann claiming that dispensing should be ‘cashed out’ to support general practice pharmacists. We look at the evidence behind their arguments here.

The shortage of codeine medicines due to upschedule is winding up, and meanwhile the Pharmacy Guild’s NSW branch wants to know how the codeine upschedule has impacted pharmacists and their patients – take the survey here.

The final report into the pill testing pilot service has been released following the April trial at the music festival’s Canberra leg.

Victorian Guild president Anthony Tassone wrote on paperless scripts and how these may impact the services pharmacies offer to residential care facilities.

We also heard from industry analyst Bruce Annabel, who said the damaged pharmacy supply chain is creating the current (and future) spate of out of stock medicines.

And the Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS) said it is a good time to support the work of PSS and pharmacy colleagues with a tax deductible donation before 30 June.

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