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A new survey finds that, when it comes to medication, many older adults plan to keep going to the pharmacy as they always have. Braulio Jatar/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Older Americans are risking coronavirus exposure to get their medications

As coronavirus continues to spread, older adults face a challenge: how to get the medications they need without putting themselves at risk. A new national survey shows they aren't prepared.
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.
It can be more convenient getting a script from a pharmacist rather than visiting your GP. Jacob Lund/Shutterstock

The evidence shows pharmacist prescribing is nothing to fear

Prominent GP and former MP Kerryn Phelps has weighed into the doctor-pharmacist turf war, saying pharmacists shouldn't prescribe because of their financial interests. But the evidence says otherwise.
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.
When people went to their GP asking for painkillers, they weren’t prescribed higher doses of codeine or stronger opioids, as some feared. from www.shutterstock.com

Here’s what happened when codeine was made prescription only. No, the sky didn’t fall in

When codeine became a prescription only drug in 2018, the number of overdoses dropped, our new research shows. But restricting sales of codeine is only one way to reduce harm from opioids.

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