A lot has happened in pharmacy this week, especially in Canberra
Pharmacy stakeholders welcomed the introduction of new legislation by Health Minister Greg Hunt which is set to see mandatory reporting of medicines shortages and discontinuations. Also in Parliament, a petition has been presented calling for adverse event reporting cards to be handed out at every medicine transaction by pharmacists; and the late Joseph Max Berinson, a lawyer, pharmacist and Whitlam Government MP, was remembered.
The Government also decided to go against ACCC and expert advice in exempting nappy rash products and tampons from regulations, and excluding ear candling from the ARTG, while in Victoria, codeine was added to the real time monitoring program Safescript… but it’s only a first step.
The Intern Year Blueprint project has finalised, and the Guild announced the recipients of its Rural Scholarships and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme. Discount Drug Stores unveiled its plans for its health food concept and partnership with FRED NXT.
In research news, we found out just how much medication is lost due to interruptions in the cold chain, while another study looked at the risk of errors with new electronic medication management systems. A third found that pharmacist-led interventions can have a positive impact on a range of health outcomes.