Week in review

A winning pharmacist and organisational changes announced

Kayla Lee (pictured above) from Capital Chemist Wanniassa was crowned 2017 UTS Innovative Pharmacist of the Year this week at a function at NSW Parliament House, Sydney.

Kayla, a first-year registered professional services pharmacist who is currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health, was recognised for her ground-breaking work in the mental health area.

New Zealand media has been reporting that Chemist Warehouse is to open its first store this week, and has also announced its intention to trial voice technology to replace scanning.

Meanwhile, another pharma company decided to explore direct distribution, with AstraZeneca revealing it would exclusively distribute a proportion of their products direct to pharmacies, effective from 1 November.

Dean Schulze announced his retirement after six years as the chair of PDL, with Paul Naismith to take over the role.

L: Dean Schulze, R: Paul Naismith
L: Dean Schulze, R: Paul Naismith

We found out that a GP was struck off for inappropriately prescribing addictive drugs to 24 patients after two pharmacists notified the HCCC.

A US pharmacist was found not guilty of 25 murder charges over the deadly 2012 fungal meningitis incident. However he was found guilty of mail fraud, racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and false labelling.

The TGA has warned that counterfeit versions of Clomid and Tamoxifen tablets have been purchased by Australians online.

Pharmacist and law graduate Andrew Tooms informed us about why we need a National Poisons Law.

And an awesome Yarrawonga pharmacist ran a fun run in his pharmacist gear to raise money for Yarrawonga Health’s fundraising arm, Helping Hands.

Cameron Wood running in whites. Image courtesy Megan Wood

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