The future of pharmacy in a post Covid Australia

The Covid-19 crisis has taken Australia’s pharmacy sector on a roller coaster ride in recent months with no one able to say for sure what the future of the industry will look like. However what is almost certain is that pharmacy will not simply go ‘back to normal’ once the coronavirus pandemic is declared contained. 

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What to say when customers try panic buying medication

Over the past few weeks almost every pharmacy in the country has had customers trying to panic buy medication. Most of these customers are well-meaning, but they’re worried. Worried that shipments of medicine from overseas will abruptly stop, or worried that all the other panic-buyers will have already emptied pharmacy shelves when next they present 

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Are multi-user warehouse dispensing hubs the future of pharmacy?

News came out last week that the U.K. government will soon allow community pharmacies to ‘outsource’ their dispensing services to large warehouse-style ‘hub’ pharmacies. New legislation has been introduced to British parliament that would allow pharmaceutical wholesalers to develop “new large-scale hub facilities” and for small local-area pharmacies to tap into the economies of scale 

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50 new drugs about to hit the unavailable medicines list – are you prepared?

Over 50 drugs are about to hit the unavailable medicines list in Australia, joining 493 names already on the TGA’s hard-to-get drugs register. Is your pharmacy prepared for the increase in compounding scripts? While some doctors still resort to alternative medications during drug shortages, increasingly medical practitioners are turning to reputable compounding pharmacies, like National 

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Queensland’s compounded medicine sector envies NSW’s new pharmacy guidelines

Queensland’s compounding pharmacy sector is calling on that state’s Pharmacy Council to follow in the lead of The Pharmacy Council of New South Wales and introduce a comprehensive set of guidelines for Queensland’s compounders. Matthew Bellgrove from National Custom Compounding on the Gold Coast said Queenslanders deserved to have confidence in a pharmacy sector that 

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When medicines run dry, what’s your back up plan?

What do you do when your hospital pharmacy can’t fill a script? I don’t mean your computers have gone down, I mean supplies of the medication requested have run dry. Not just at your pharmacy and not just in your city or town, but right across the country. Do you have a back-up plan? The 

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220 medications discontinued in the past 18 months

Since the start of 2018, over 220 medications have been discontinued by the manufacturer and taken off the market for reasons other than safety, according to data compiled by the (TGA). In over half of the cases the impact to public health has been assessed as ‘medium’. Matthew Bellgrove from National Custom Compounding said when 

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Could we soon be collecting our meds from a supermarket locker?

A supermarket co-operative in the UK is trialling an ‘Amazon locker-style prescription service’ that has the potential to disrupt the way traditional community pharmacies do business. The UK-based Co-operative Group has announced they’re about to trial a ‘click-and-collect’ service that would see patients submit their script online via a digital app on their mobile phone. 

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