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Tricks of the trade in drug promotion : 02/10/2014 :

An article in the latest edition of Australian Prescriber - out yesterday - looks at the controversies around the promotion of drugs to doctors.

While direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs is prohibited in Australia, drugs are able to be advertised direct to healthcare professionals.

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Quilty: Some PBS reform savings should go back to pharmacy : 02/10/2014 :

It is imperative that a fair and reasonable proportion of the savings from PBS reforms is reinvested in pharmacies in the next Community Pharmacy Agreement, Pharmacy Guild Executive Director David Quilty said yesterday.

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#Pharmacist Tweetathon : 02/10/2014 :

Pharmacists around the world took to Twitter yesterday (Thursday, 2 October) to share their stories of how they are making a positive impact on the lives of their patients using the hashtag #Pharmacist.

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Certainly is unbelievable.... : 01/10/2014 :

From last weekend's (Sydney) Sunday Telegraph.

Ads like this make it to argue that medicines are not normal items of commerce.

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Masters of community engagement : 01/10/2014 :

Back in 2010 Walsh’s Village Pharmacy at South Maroubra was a clear winner in the community engagement category of the QCPP Pharmacy of the year competition. The pharmacy went on to win the overall QCPP Pharmacy of the Year award that year.

This week's planned event, celebrating the South Sydney Rabbitohs first grand final appearance in 43 years, proves the Walsh brothers are still masters of community engagement.

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Poll: who, on the pharmacy side, should negotiate the 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement? : 01/10/2014 :

This week, employee pharmacist union Professional Pharmacists Australia (PPA) renewed calls for 'consumers and professional employee pharmacists' to be parties to the upcoming Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement negotiations.

PPA CEO Chris Walton said that while historically the Pharmacy Guild had negotiated the CPA, the pharmacy environment had changed dramatically in the past decade and the Guild no longer represented majority interests in the sector. 

For its part the Guild said it is working closely with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia in preparing for the negotiations and is 'consulting widely with various representatives of patients' adding that 'it is hard to treat the PPA seriously given they seem determined to undermine the community pharmacy model that continues to serve Australians so well.'

What do you think? Who, on the pharmacy side, should negotiate the 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement?

Please let us have your view by voting in this week's AusPharm poll.

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Chemist Warehouse group to sponsor Australian Diamonds netball team : 01/10/2014 :

The Chemist Warehouse group has signed on as an Official Sponsor of the Australian Diamonds, Real Insurance Netball Test Series and next year’s Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015, and as Official Category Partner of the ANZ Championship.

Chemist Warehouse chief operating officer Mario Tascone said the group is thrilled to become involved with the world’s leading netball nation.

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Union seeks Prime Ministerial intervention on 6CPA negotiations : 30/09/2014 :

Employee pharmacist union Professional Pharmacists Australia (PPA) has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to invite consumers and professional employee pharmacists to be parties to the upcoming Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement negotiations.

The request follows recommendations contained in last week's draft report of the Review of National Competition Policy that pharmacy location and ownership rules should be done away with.

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ASMI: pregnant women should check medications with their doctor : 30/09/2014 :

Apparently underplaying the role of pharmacists as medication experts, the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) says that consumers should only take medicines during pregnancy after advice from a doctor.

The comment was in response to a study published last week in PLOS ONE, which found that children whose mothers took paracetamol during pregnancy were more likely to have behavioural difficulties or symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Chemmart sees strong growth in numbers : 30/09/2014 :

After opening 47 new outlets in the last 12 months, the number of Chemmart pharmacies nationally has reached 330.

According to Chemmart Executive Director Jonathan Layton, the large number of new store openings was the result of Chemmart’s commitment 'to providing pharmacy owners with a true wellbeing brand, built upon providing superior health solutions for customers coupled with extensive training and support, rather than just focusing on product and price'.

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Sydney pharmacy embraces World Pharmacists Day : 29/09/2014 :

One pharmacy getting into the spirit of last Thursday's World Pharmacists' Day was the Chemistworks Broadway (Sydney) pharmacy.

Over 130 blood pressure checks, asthma management checks and blood glucose level checks were performed during the day.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Anidulafungin : 29/09/2014 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Anidulafungin.

"Anidulafungin is an echinocandin antifungal recommended for the treatment of invasive candidiasis (including candidaemia) in adults. Currently there are three antifungals in this class - caspofungin, micafungin (not marketed in Australia) & anidulafungin. These drugs exert antifungal activity by inhibiting 1-3-β-D-glucan synthetase. As 1-3-β-D- glucan is an integral part of the fungal cell wall, inhibition of synthesis leads to fungal cell death.  Beta-glucans account for a major proportion of cell wall mass in yeasts such as Candida species and thus echinocandins have a fungicidal effect"

Click here to read the bulletin in full. The E‑Bulletins are archived on the AusPharmList website here.

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HMR, RMMR, MedsCheck eligibility now searchable : 29/09/2014 :

A new Service History Check tool is now available on the 5CPA Registration and Claiming Portal that allows pharmacists to check whether a patient meets the eligibility criteria in relation to a previously funded HMR, RMMR or MedsCheck service.

You'll need your Pharmacy Board registration number to access it.

It's on the 5CPA Registration and Claiming Portal, here.

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CAM industry proposes cost saving reforms : 29/09/2014 :

Peak body for the Australian complementary medicines industry, Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA), has accepted the Coalition Government’s challenge to identify unnecessary regulation and red tape and proposed a series of reforms that it says will save the sector $70 million a year.

The proposals are contained in a paper - Light Touch, Right Touch for Complementary Medicines -  that was launched at a function in Parliament House, Canberra last week.

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Correction: Photo of the week : 29/09/2014 :

In Friday's Photo of the week, we incorrectly named the person associated with Global School Partners as Simon Reynolds.

This was incorrect. Simon Carroll is the driving force behind Global School Partners.

Our apologies to Simon for getting this wrong.

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Final 2013-14 PBS costs less than forecast - again : 26/09/2014 :

Yesterday’s release of the 2013-14 Final Budget Outcome shows the Government has once again spent less than anticipated on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

The total government spend for the year came in at $10.351 billion, $168 million less than forecast four months earlier in the the 2014 Federal Budget.

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Pharmacists confident of retaining ownership, less confident location rules will remain : 26/09/2014 :

76% of those expressing a firm view in this week's AusPharm poll believe pharmacy's prospects of retaining pharmacist only ownership of community pharmacies are good. (We've removed the 'Who can say?' votes from our analysis).

44% think the location rules will stay as they are.

Only 15% of (total)  poll repondents think both ownership and location rules will be abolished, as recommended in this week's Draft Report of the Review of National Competition Policy.

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Lloyd Sansom AO to speak at PAC14 : 26/09/2014 :

Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO will speak about where he believes pharmacist practice in Australia is heading at the opening of the 2014 Pharmacy Australia Congress (PAC14).

Emeritus Professor Sansom has been a major influence on pharmacy education and research over many years. His contribution to research has been recognised by the establishment of the Sansom Research Institute for Health Research at the University of South Australia.

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Today is World Pharmacists Day : 25/09/2014 :

Pharmacists and pharmacy students around Australia will celebrate World Pharmacists Day today (Thursday 25 September 2014) with a series of health promotion events, health check services and fun activities.

The theme of this year’s events, Access to pharmacists is access to health, aims to increase public awareness of the role pharmacists play to support healthy living and how pharmacists provide essential healthcare services to Australians every day through the supply of medicines, health advice and professional services.

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NPS MedicineWise adds medical test information to its armoury : 25/09/2014 :

As part of a collaboration with Lab Tests Online Australasia, NPS MedicineWise has added a a new section about medical / pathology tests to its website.

Information suitable for both consumers and health professionals on medical tests and conditions is provided.

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