Afterwards we wandered down ‘The Corso’, the main street in Manly. The first pharmacy I came to was ‘Summer pharmacy’. Sounds appropriate (even though the sky was a little grey). One of the first things I noticed was the pseudoephedrine products (with multiple facings) in my direct line of sight as I came to the dispensary counter. I asked the pharmacist about the rules regarding this (obviously I introduced myself first - didn’t want her to think I was casing the joint). The conversation quickly turned to QCPP and how inconsistent the assessment had been between the different stores she worked at. She was surprised they allowed the pseudo to go through, but it did and that’s where its staying. And no, they haven’t had more robberies or pseudo runners visiting them (thankfully).
The second pharmacy was Malouf Manly Pharmacy. There were three males behind the counter and they all looked the same. All Malouf brothers - John, and Alan (pharmacists) and Anthony (store manager). Anthony greeted me immediately and we chatted for some time. They have a digital photo centre, including a film lab attached to the pharmacy. Risky business I would have thought. Apparently The Corso was full of photo labs once upon a time but they are the only ones left. It was a struggle but they stuck with it. They also keep S2 ‘pharmacy only’ medicines in the front shop. The legislation regarding S2 & S3 medicine differs between states. In NSW S2 medicines can be kept on the shelf in the shop front, whereas in QLD they must be out of reach of the public, behind a counter. The stock was still within sight of the dispensary though.
A few doors down was a Chemist warehouse (the concrete floor and dump bins didn’t entice me in). Less than 50 metres further was The Corso Family Pharmacy. Looked nice and new, but I was all pharmacied out by then.
I finished the day with a lovely dinner at Mexicano in Narrabeen with Bianca, a pharmacist friend I knew from Cairns. We enjoyed talking pharmacy, eating fish tacos and lamb quesadillas, and drinking wine. Thanks to Zane for staying home and putting Stella to sleep so I could enjoy a night off…. and then appearing mid meal with a sleeping baby in the stroller, to help us finish off the food and wine.