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Amneal acquires Actavis generics : 01/04/2015 :

New Australian generics player Amneal Pharmaceuticals is to pick up the Actavis range of generic medicines following the Actavis decision, announced last week, to depart the Australian generics marketplace.

While some formalities are still to take place to finalise the agreement, both parties have agreed to work quickly to complete the transaction with the goal of preventing disruption of supply to existing purchasers of Actavis’ products.

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Patients needed for anorexia nervosa genetics study : 31/03/2015 :

Australian researchers are seeking patients for a genetic investigation into anorexia nervosa.

The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) aims to identify the genes that play a role in causing the serious and potentially life-threatening illness, affecting an estimated 53,000 Australians.

Researchers are seeking men, women and children (with parental consent) who currently have, or have had, anorexia nervosa.

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SA/NT PSA/MIMS Intern of the Year : 31/03/2015 :

South Australian intern Philip Spyrou is the PSA MIMS Australia SA/NT Intern of the Year for 2014.

The prestigious award celebrates the achievements of exceptional interns in developing skills for their professional career.

Presenting the award SA/NT PSA Branch President, Ms Sue Edwards, said: "All nominees are to be congratulated and it is great for the future of the pharmacy profession to have such wonderful young pharmacists beginning their career.

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Poll: should all Schedule 3 codeine sales be tracked in real time on a national online database? : 31/03/2015 :

Last week the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia called for the implementation of a national real-time recording and reporting system for Schedule 3 codeine containing analgesics.

The PSA call came in acknowledgement of the rising levels of harm thought to be associated with their inappropriate use.

Should such a system be implemented? What do you think?

Please let us know by voting in this week's AusPharm poll.

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APP15 was huge... : 30/03/2015 :

APP 2015, held on the Gold Coast from 12-15 March, smashed attendance records this year with 5,448 people attending over the four days.

Event organiser, the Queensland Branch of the Pharmacy Guild, says it will be releasing a full video wrap of the event soon.

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Efficient (and courageous...) locum needed : 30/03/2015 :

Here's a challenge for someone.

"Efficient locum experienced in Fred and methadone needed to work on Friday 10th April 8am - 6pm. 250 scripts/day and 36 methadone patients. No dispensary technician. $40/hr."

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use : 30/03/2015 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use.

"Most patients who use contraceptives are medically fit and are able to safely use any method of contraception. However, in clinical practice, medical practitioners may be presented with the question of whether a particular type of contraception would be suitable for a patient with a known medical condition."

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

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Pharmacists in general practice – threat or opportunity? : 30/03/2015 :

A letter published in The Pharmaceutical Journal last week highlights one possible unintended consequence of moves to embed a pharmacist into every UK medical practice.

Dorset pharmacist Roger King wrote "it would seem to be the ideal for all parties with the pharmacist managing many long-term patients". Mr King also suggested that such arrangements would “mop up the current surplus of pharmacists”.

He went on to sound a note of caution, however, about the potential for the move to negatively impact on existing community pharmacy based programs like medicines use reviews (MURs).

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Steve Waugh launches Victoria’s first Blooms The Chemist : 30/03/2015 :

Aussie cricket legend, Steve Waugh, officially launched Victoria’s first Blooms The Chemist pharmacy in Cranbourne Park, Melbourne on Saturday.

In his new role as ambassador for the dynamic Australian pharmacy group, Steve appeared in-store to meet and greet fans and sign copies of his latest book.

Blooms The Chemist is expanding its 88-strong network of community pharmacies throughout metropolitan and regional areas of NSW and QLD, with Cranbourne Park representing its first foray into Victoria.

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Gunnedah intern wins NSW Intern of the Year award : 30/03/2015 :

Gunnedah intern Laura Norman has been named as the PSA MIMS Australia NSW Intern of the Year for 2014.

The prestigious award celebrates the achievements of exceptional interns in developing skills for their professional career. These prospective pharmacists are recognised as striving to raise standards and to provide a future model for the practice of pharmacy.

Presenting the award NSW PSA Branch President Dr Stephen Carter said Ms Norman had completed her intern year at Karen Carter Chemist, Gunnedah, where she displayed a genuine commitment to excellence in pharmacy practice and clinical knowledge above and beyond the norm.

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WA PSA MIMS Intern of the Year award winner announced : 27/03/2015 :

Perth pharmacy intern Monica Sajogo has been named the PSA MIMS West Australian Intern of the Year for 2014.

The prestigious award celebrates the achievements of exceptional interns in developing skills for their professional career.

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Pharmacists: Dunlevy articles having an impact : 27/03/2015 :

The results of this week's AusPharm poll suggest that recent articles from News ltd journalist Sue Dunlevy critical of community pharmacy may well lessen the respect consumers have for community pharmacists.

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APC looking for four new Directors : 27/03/2015 :

The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) -  the independent accreditation agency for Australian pharmacy - has called for applications from suitably qualified people to join its governing body as Directors (Councillors). Four existing Councillors’ terms of appointment end on 21 May 2015. The new appointments will be for three year terms.

The closing date for applications is Monday 13 April 2015.

Details are here.

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More from Dunlevy... : 27/03/2015 :

The latest pharmacy related piece from journalist Sue Dunlevy has been published in News Ltd papers today.

Titled 'Pharmacy Guild asked to explain how it spent hundreds of millions taxpayers money' it reports on a call from Greens health spokesman Senator Richard Di Natale to conduct an investigation into how the Pharmacy Guild spent money under the 5th Agreement

"I request that a further audit be conducted by the Australian National Audit Office into these matters and the way in which the Pharmacy Guild of Australia administered the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement,” Senator Di Natale said in his letter to the ANAO.

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TGA consultation metoclopramide: proposed advisory statements for medicines : 26/03/2015 :

The TGA is seeking comments from interested parties on proposed advisory statements for metoclopramide when included in non-prescription medicines for oral administration.

It is proposed that the new statements will be incorporated into the next update to the Required Advisory Statements for Medicine Labels (RASML).

Details are here. The closing date for submissions is 7 April 2015.

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PSA: we’re committed to closing the gap in health delivery : 26/03/2015 :

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia reaffirmed yesterday it is committed to closing the gap in health delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across all areas in Australia.

PSA President, Grant Kardachi, said rural and remote areas of Australia still suffered from a disproportionately low number of health services being available to meet the needs of patients.

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AusPharm CPD: What are the side effects? : 26/03/2015 :

The next AusPharm CPD topic for 2015 is What are the side effects? - it's been put together for us by Dr Jenny Gowan.

This activity has been accredited for 1.5 hrs of Group 1 CPD (or 1.5 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan which can be converted to 3 hrs of Group 2 CPD (or 3 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities. Accreditation number: A1503AP1.

AusPharm gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided by the sponsors of our Continuing Education program, MIMS.

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Monitor S3 codeine says PSA : 26/03/2015 :

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has called for the implementation of a national real-time recording and reporting system for Schedule 3 codeine containing analgesics.

PSA's call accompanied the release yesterday by the Society of a new position paper on the use in the community of non-prescription analgesics containing codeine which acknowledges the rising levels of harm associated with their inappropriate use.

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Actavis generics to go - correction : 26/03/2015 :

Generics supplier Actavis is to 'exit the Generics business in Australia'.

The company says, until arrangements are finalised, it will continue to supply the Australian market with its generics through its current distribution channels 'while alternative distribution models are actively explored'.

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Aus / NZ Guilds renew memorandum of understanding : 25/03/2015 :

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), renewing the relationship between the two organisations.

The new MOU - to facilitate the sharing of resources and information across the Tasman - was signed at a meeting of the Australia / New Zealand Joint Planning Committee at the recent APP conference and will cover the period 2015-2017.

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