The week in review

Jessica Hsiao
Jessica Hsiao.

The tension between GPs and pharmacists has again been in the news, with pharmacist prescribing singled out

The RACGP’s Dr Evan Ackermann caused a stir with this piece in Medical Observer, criticising pharmacist prescribing and warning of potential health consequences should it come about. It’s just the most recent in the volley of shots fired by doctors at pharmacy, which have seen NSW Guild president David Heffernan hit back at accusations while Victorian counterpart and acting Guild national president Anthony Tassone, and the RACGP’s Dr Edwin Kruys, have called for collaboration.

AMA Queensland State President Dr Dilip Dhupelia is the latest to take part, saying that if pharmacists want to prescribe they should “devote the many years needed to be a skilled and qualified doctor,” and saying that rather than considering pharmacist prescribing, the Queensland government should encourage pharmacists to go and work in GP practices.

Even the Today Show got in on the act, discussing whether pharmacist prescribing should be permitted.

The opt-out period for My Health Record began, with tales of glitches and privacy concerns while PM Malcolm Turnbull confirmed that around 20,000 people opted out on the first day.

We also had a look at how default amounts of opioids in EMRs could be changed for the better.

And congratulations to Erica Tong, who has been awarded the 2017 Sir Richard Stawell Memorial Prize for her research paper on reducing medication errors in hospital discharge summaries; and Jessica Hsiao, who has come on board as the new president of NAPSA.

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