Cyclone Debbie – how pharmacies are faring

Guild branch presidents Tim Logan (Qld) and Rick Samimi (NSW) have provided the following updates:


  • Pharmacists are still cleaning up but most had come through “pretty well”.
  • Cold storage remains an issue as many pharmacies lost power, including areas not directly hit by the cyclone.
  • While insured, pharmacies faced a time-consuming stock-count and insurance paperwork.
  • An economic downturn in affected areas could hit pharmacists as customers consider rationing their prescription medicines.


  • All Guild members in the Lismore are have been contacted. Some managed to escape damage.
  • Most pharmacies are now cleaning up and getting ready to resume trading.
  • Affected pharmacist have lodged insurance claims and the Guild is unaware of any pharmacies that need to temporarily