Pharmacy has been in the media this week, again the subject of damning reports

There’s been some controversy this week around pharmacists, as one mum told parenting site Kidspot that a pharmacist had refused to fill a meningococcal vaccine script for her baby, claiming the vaccine was unnecessary; and the SHPA came to the defense of hospital pharmacists after an industry publication claimed there were risks associated with vial sharing in cancer treatment.

We examined whether pharmacists feel a tension between their roles as business people and their roles as health professionals; had a look at Ramsay Health‘s submission to the Queensland Inquiry into pharmacy, which claimed just that; and looked at PSA‘s unequivocal support for pharmacist ownership.

AHPRA issued a warning to health professionals not to claim they are registered when they are not; the Guild‘s David Quilty took aim at the opponents of pharmacist ownership; and we found out the latest stats and trends when it comes to mothers and babies in Australia.

NAPSA raised $25,000 for the Fullife Foundation which will go to building a health post in Ethiopia. One pharmacy launched a campaign to help struggling farmers. Treasure McGuire was elected president of the Australian College of Pharmacy board, and Anita Jones was named the Northern Territory state finalist in the Pharmacy Assistant of the Year awards. Congratulations from the AJP to all!