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The Pharmacy Guild of Australia was founded in 1928 as an employers’ organisation for the owners of community pharmacies. From shutterstock.com

What is the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and why does it wield so much power?

The Pharmacy Guild represents the owners of community pharmacies around the country. Their reach into every community and large political donations make them more powerful than other lobby groups.
Pharmacists receive no financial incentive to counsel patients about how to take their medicines. That needs to change. from www.shutterstock.com

Pay pharmacists to improve our health, not just supply medicines

Pharmacies are paid a set amount to dispense most medicines, so the more they dispense, the greater their income. But there's a better way to pay pharmacists and improve health care at the same time.
Supermarket pharmacies have been around in the US, UK and mainland Europe for years. But will Australia follow? from www.shutterstock.com

A loaf of bread and a packet of pills: how supermarket pharmacies could change the way we shop

If Australia follows international trends and allows supermarkets to open pharmacies, what are the effects on neighbouring pharmacies? And when does running a business mean health care suffers?
Coverage for essential and effective medications would be the “ounce of prevention” that is worth a pound of cure in our cash-strapped Canadian health-care system. (Shutterstock)

National pharmacare will save money and lives

Some Canadians go without heat and food to buy their medications. Others simply don't take them because they can't afford to. This is why we need a national pharmacare plan.
Patients are often overwhelmed by medications, especially when they leave the hospital. EM Karuna/shutterstock.com

How pharmacists can help solve medication errors

The medication landscape is complicated and error-riddled, with very few care providers knowing all the drugs you are taking. Here's how pharmacists could be the solution.
Now you can find out who’s wining and dining our doctors, nurses and pharmacists with publicly available data of drug company funded events. from www.shutterstock.com

Who’s paying for lunch? Here’s exactly how drug companies wine and dine our doctors

Drug companies funded more than 116,000 educational events for doctors over four years. Now you can find out exactly which companies footed the bills and how much they paid.
Safeway pharmacist Ronak Amin is shown at his work station at the store in Wheaton, Maryland, February 13 2015. Gary Cameron/Reuters

Can pharmacists help fill the growing primary care gap?

Pharmacists are trained to do far more than dispensing medicine, but outdated policies keep them from taking on a greater role in patient care.
Pharmacists’ skills go well beyond dispensing drugs but a one-off check would do little to achieve integrated care. Image from shutterstock.com

Should pharmacists get $50 to give you a health check?

The Pharmacy Guild has proposed a scheme that would see the Commonwealth government pay pharmacists A$50 to provide one-off health checks. Pharmacists checks would assess patients’ body mass index, blood…
Prescriptions for pain relief are easy to get in the UK but not if you live in certain countries. PA/Julien Behal

Pain-relief access crisis leaves millions suffering around globe

Ten percent of the world consumes 90% of the morphine. At first glance that’s just another statistic about haves and have nots. But it’s more stark than that - particularly if you have cancer in a country…
Any restriction on buying painkillers needs to be consistent with national privacy protection. Nils Geylen

For your own good? Privacy law and enthusiastic pharmacists

Earlier this week the ABC reported that a handful of pharmacists in Tasmania had engaged in community policing. They’re tracking the purchase of codeine-based painkillers, sharing information with their…

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