World news wrapup: 10 September 2021


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French pharmacy privacy breach; new faces at the top in NZ; UK pharmacy to drive recovery

France: Connexion France reports that around 700,000 pharmacy COVID-19 test results have been left accessible by anyone who decides to look.

The test results contain personal information, such as contact details and social security numbers.

The leak took place as an online platform, which was used to transfer data from pharmacy antigen tests to the Government’s platform, made all the results and personal information public.

One patient went to look at their test results, using a link given to them by their pharmacist, and discovered the vulnerability. She discovered that WordPress was being used to manage the data and realised she could create an account, despite not being a pharmacist, and access patient information files.

When the platform, Francetest, was told of the accessibility error it fixed the problem overnight.

The General Directorate of Health then contacted pharmacists to remind them about approved software compatible with the Government platform – which Francetest is not.

 

UK: The community pharmacy sector is likely to be a driver of the UK’s economic recovery post-COVID, reports Pharmacy Business.

According to Mark Drakeford, first minister of Wales, pharmacy is not just an “essential clinical resource”.

“:As we rebuild after the pandemic, you (community pharmacy) will be one of the anchors that help maintain the vitality of local high streets,” he told the centenary celebration of the National Pharmacy Association in Cardiff.

 

New Zealand:The Board of Directors of the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand has elected Des Bailey as President, and Anthony Roberts as Vice President.

Mr Bailey owns Selwyn Village Pharmacy in Christchurch and has been a board member since 2017. He is a passionate advocate on key pharmacy sector issues, including participating in medicine margin mediation with his DHB to demonstrate the true cost of the supply chain.

Mr Roberts owns Cook Street Pharmacy in Palmerston North and has been a board member since 2014. He also Chairs the Guild’s subsidiary, Pharmaceutical Services Limited.

The pair are stepping into vacancies created by Cameron Monteith and Catherine Keenan, who have decided to step down from their roles on the Guild Board.

The Guild said that the outgoing office-holders have strongly advocated for Guild members and the community pharmacy sector during their time on the Board.

 

Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe: A woman has been caught selling banned medicines and pretending she was a pharmacist, reports New Zimbabwe.com.

The medicines included skin lightening creams, contraceptives and “sex enhancing pills” or Viagra.

Prisca Misodzi faced a magistrate’s court on two counts of contravening the Medicines and Allied Substances Control Act.

She was fined ZWD$20,000 (AUD$75) and will face 120 days’ jail if she cannot come up with the money.

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