THE English Channel didn’t stand a chance when Symbion Pharmacy’s own superfish, Andrew Vidler, slipped into its frosty waters. Vidler, Symbion’s General Manager of Retail Services, took on the Channel after his successful 20km swim of the Rottnest Channel last February, which helped him raise a whopping $60,000 for charity. The swimming machine kicked off his 34km English Channel swim on 20 July, entering the water in the wee hours of the morning (2.30am), and not touching soil again for another 14 hours and 40 minutes when he reached the French shore. During his epic swim Vidler fought not only the Channel’s debilitating cold and swimming fatigue, but vomiting, hallucinations and jellyfish stings. “I started to seriously hallucinate…then right when it was getting very worrying, I got stung by a jellyfish and it seriously snapped me out of it,” he said. “It was the hardest physical and mental thing I have ever done, a day I am proud of, but not keen to repeat!,” he added.
THE Pharmacy Guild of Australia has formally urged the Queensland government to establish a Pharmacy Council, with the move said to bring the state into line with all other Australian jurisdictions as well as “play an important role in bridging health gaps where pharmacies’ competencies could assist a health system under pressure”.