This week we saw GPs and pharmacists working together… and heard why pharmacy’s future is bright

One usual critic of pharmacy called for pharmacists and GPs to work hand in hand to improve health outcomes, while in the UK, new data shows many people prefer to see a pharmacist than a GP for minor ailments. There was no sign of a turf war in Torquay, Victoria, however, as despite mainstream media reporting on absence from work certificates, GPs and pharmacists are getting on just fine.

Indeed, one new study showed just how much pharmacists can do to help GPs in the hypertension space.

We also heard from two Canberra pharmacists who have put their hearts into an innovative program to make life easier for people with life-limiting illness and their carers… as well as their prescribers.

Samoa has pulled its MMR program after infant deaths; a new $30,000 Juno Pharmaceuticals research grant will help the SHPA work on high-risk medicines and safety; and the ACCC is still checking out the proposed merger between Arrow and Apotex.

We discovered that paracetamol is the second most common substance implicated in poisonings, and the Pharmacy Guild NSW Branch’s David Heffernan asked: where is the state’s real time monitoring? Meanwhile, the TGA issued a reminder to health professionals on communicating  potential risks and benefits associated with some medicines treatments that may lead to neuropsychiatric adverse events.

Sigma chief Mark Hooper has warned pharmacies to be on alert about Amazon; but there’s good reason for pharmacists to feel optimistic about the future, says one stakeholder… here’s the Guild’s David Quilty on why nobody should give up on pharmacy just yet.