World news wrapup: 13 October 2016

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We take a look at pharmacy news from around the world

New York, US: A New York pharmacy introduced a 7% “man tax” for one day in a bid to raise awareness of gender-pricing discrimination.

Thompson Chemists in the city’s SoHo district announced the policy on Monday, which is Columbus Day in the US, by displaying two signs.

The first stated: “New store policy: All female customers shop tax-free,” while the other said: “All male customers are subject to a 7% man tax.”

The move comes after a report published in December 2015 that analysed pricing in New York City found that, on average, women pay approximately 7% than men for similar products; a phenomenon often referred to as the “pink tax.”

Jolie Alony, who has owned the pharmacy with her husband for 22 years, said she wants men who shop at her store to understand the extra costs that women bear when they shop.

“We want to bring awareness on how it feels to be a woman, so the men actually get to feel it,” she told Gothamist.

New York City’s Consumer Affairs told Gothamist that the policy is legal because there is no law against price discrimination on goods, only services.


Dubai: A man is facing court for hugging a pharmacist against her will, reports The National.

The woman was at her workplace when a customer, came into the pharmacy, pulled the woman to him and hugged her.

The pharmacist, 24, told the court she did not know the man and had not seen him before.

Meanwhile the man, 36, told police he had pulled her by the waist and hugged her as a joke. He denied a charge of sexual assault.

The next hearing is scheduled for 24 October.


Aberdeen, Scotland: A pharmacist has admitted a Valued-Added Tax (VAT) fraud of more than £200,000.

Conrad Chau, 50, who appeared before Aberdeen Sheriff Court, also admitted to forging prescriptions in order to get pharmaceutical firms to send him more drugs that had been subject to control measures, so he could sell them on, reports the Evening Express.

In addition, Chau admitted to altering addresses on invoices, as well as failing to pass invoices to his accountant.

At the time of the offences, Chau ran the city’s Holburn Pharmacy but is no longer affiliated with the facility.

Overall he pleaded guilty to a £214,790 VAT fraud, as well as 12 fraud charges and two attempted fraud charges.


United States: October is American Pharmacists Month, and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is celebrating the accomplishments of pharmacists and educating the community about pharmacists’ expanding role in patient care as integral members of the healthcare team.

“Know Your Pharmacist—Know Your Medicine,” is this year’s theme for the month-long observance, based on the message that the more patients interact with their pharmacist, the more they will know about their medications.

The APhA will be participating in a number of activities including a Capitol Hill Health Fair on 22 September in Washington DC, where members of Congress, staff, and the general public can get their flu shots and health screenings, including bone density, glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, and body composition.

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