Pharmacists fighting the pandemic
The pharmacy profession has been engaged in the struggle against COVID-19 in a staggering variety of ways. As an organisation with friends across the profession, we felt we had a duty to capture some of the stories of the ways pharmacists were contributing and share them with a wider audience.
While many people have been hunkered down in isolation, community pharmacists and pharmacy students have been on the frontline providing healthcare for their communities.
While communities are all working to manage the struggles of COVID-19, hospital pharmacists and pharmacy students have been working tirelessly to tackle challenges including medication supply chain issues and the spectre of bed shortages.
Dr Craig Rayner has degrees in both pharmacy and pharmaceutical science from Monash. He tells us about the ways that the company he works for, Certara, has been working to co-ordinate the efforts of research organisations attempting to formulate vaccines.
Recent Monash intern Alisha shares her experience practising community pharmacy during COVID-19, hot on the heels of helping care for bushfire-affected communities.
Monash Pharmacy graduate, Dan Gilbertson gives a first-hand look on how remote healthcare services are supporting patients during COVID-19.
Simon Bell talks about assessing hydroxychloquine as a treatment for SARS-COV-2 through the lens of "off-label" prescribing.
Dispensing medications to hotel quarantine patients is probably not how Amelia anticipated starting her pharmacy career. But she's learnt a whole new set of skills throughout the process.