A TRIO from the University of South Australia has taken out this year’s Pharmacy Guild of Australia National Student Business Plan Competition. The competition is an Australia-wide challenge promoting creative entrepreneurship among students preparing for a career in community pharmacy, with entrants in the competition asked to produce business plans, answer online quizzes, complete several essay questions and participate in an investor pitch. The winners were announced over the weekend at the Guild’s Pharmacy Business Network conference in Canberra with first place going to Complete Care Pharmacy, University of South Australia: made up of Ling Na Yan, Chris Braithwaite (NAPSA President), and Jessica Dawson, whose winning business model was centred on pharmacy-based cancer services. Meanwhile second place was awarded to Cairns Community Chemist, Queensland University of Technology: Caitlyn Fletcher, Andrew Gill, Emma Shallcross, and Linda Wallin; and third place went to Sydney’s Breathe Easy Pharmacy team, made up of Sahand Imani, Clara Leung, Melinda Ho, and David Tadros.
THE NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) has prosecuted a complaint against pharmacist Nicholas Fearon before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which found him guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct, and having been convicted of a criminal offence in NSW, was not a suitable person to hold registration as a pharmacist.
SIGMA Healthcare says 2017/18 was a “challenging year” during which it continued to execute its long term strategy despite declining sales due to softening consumer sentiment and reduced demand for low-margin Hepatitis C drugs.