The week in review

We take a look back at the week that was in pharmacy

This was a significant week for medicines labelling, as the TGA announced it will be implementing two new labelling orders over four years.

This is the first time in 15 years that medicines labels will change, and is to be implemented because the current requirements for packaging and labelling no longer reflect current best practice nor align with international standards.

The TGA is also considering changing the schedule of some nicotine products; and Bayer has applied to the agency to downschedule erectile dysfunction medicines.

The Pharmacy Guild had a win as the MedsASSIST codeine monitoring tool notched up its two millionth transaction; and Canstar Blue advised us that consumers prefer pharmacies to supermarkets as a place to purchase medicines.

The ABC’s consumer affairs program, the Checkout, told customers to save money by shopping at pharmacies that offer below-copay scripts and offer the optional $1 copayment discount; and we took a look at some of the many pressures and problems pharmacists face while practising every day, and the help that’s available.

And in good pharmacy news, the Ekka’s Miss Popular entrant in the Miss Showgirl contest turned out to be not only a pharmacist, but a great ambassador for rural and remote health: Shana Edwards spoke during her judging interview about the importance of health professionals practising in the bush, and told the AJP she urges pharmacists to follow her out of the major cities.

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