Week in review


Outstanding pharmacists have been recognised with honours this week, while others have been struck off the register for breaching professional obligations

Early this week, leading Australian pharmacy academic Professor Andrew McLachlan and well-known hospital pharmacist Lorraine Koller were recognised in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Professor McLachlan was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to pharmacy as a researcher, educator and administrator, and to professional medical and scientific organisations”.

And Ms Koller, Deputy Director of Pharmacy at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital since 2004 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) “for service to the pharmacy profession”.

We heard that community pharmacies in Western Australia are set to receive additional flu vaccines on the NIP for over-65s, while the DAA program is set to expand – with an additional 70,000 patients of community pharmacies to benefit.

Meanwhile a NSW pharmacy owner has been struck off the register for dispensing a total of 143,884 OxyContin 80mg tablets over the course of just a few years.

“These drugs represent a very real threat to the health and safety of the public, a threat which [the pharmacist] disregarded in gross breach of his professional obligations over a sustained period,” the tribunal found.

Former Chief Pharmacist for South Australia Steve Morris was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of NPS MedicineWise.

AJP interviewed Tim Stewart, who won Intern of the Year at APP last month, about his next steps and any advice he has for upcoming pharmacy students and interns.

NAPSA wound up its Charity Cup, with pharmacy students across Australia having worked together over the past two months to pack birthing kits and raise thousands of dollars for charity.

And last but not least, the PDL Boardroom at the new PSA Pharmacy House in Canberra was officially opened.

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