The week in review

UTS Innovative Pharmacist of the Year 2016 Dr Alison Roberts, pictured with Professor Attila Brungs, Vice Chancellor, UTS (left) and Dr Alan Paul, Senior Medical Director, AstraZeneca Australia and New Zealand (right)

Wrapping up a big week in pharmacy, including the 2016 Innovative Pharmacist of the Year

Dr Alison Roberts was named the AstraZeneca 2016 UTS Innovative Pharmacist of the Year for her role in heading up PSAs Health Destination Pharmacy program, and was presented with the award at a dinner hosted by the UTS Graduate School of Health on Wednesday 28 September.

Several organisations put in their King Review submissions this week, including Priceline as well as a joint submission from Terry White Chemists, Chemmart and Chemplus pharmacies. Meanwhile the RACGP also put in its submission advising against pharmacist vaccination, pharmacist provision of sickness certification, and the sale of vitamins; and promoting after-hours GP dispensing.

PPA’s submission was of a different vein altogether, calling for an end to the ‘turf wars’ and cooperation between governments, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and the community to unlock the benefits of the greater integration of pharmacists across the health system.

After long-term Metformin shortage issues that have impacted pharmacists and patients across the country, the TGA this week advised that four Metformin products have been restored to a status of ‘available’. And our forum called ‘Where have all the locums gone?gathered a lot of interesting comments.

We also released the full list of Pharmacist Assistant of the Year finalists, with just over one month to go until GuildSuper’s overall PATY winner is chosen, and covered the 1 October PBS price cuts including what impact these will have on the 20 most commonly prescribed medicines.

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