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CHF continues fight for further PBS price disclosure reform : 24/09/2013 :

The Consumers Health Forum (CHF) yesterday ramped up its call for the PBS price disclosure process to be further accelerated claiming that "every minute of every day, Australia spends $2,000 more than we need to on prescription medicines."

CHF has posted a page on its website that allows consumers to compare the prices paid for a range of medicines in Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

The group says an accelerated price disclosure process  will mean more money so that the Government can ensure that "we will be able to afford new essential medicines as we need them".

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NAPSA at PBN : 24/09/2013 :

The National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA)  national president, Xavier Agostino said yesterday that the organisation appreciated the opportunity to network with key leaders in the pharmacy industry at the weekend's Pharmacy Business Newtork (PBN) in Canberra.

Mr Agostino said “It was fantastic to see NAPSA’s honorary life members and the top leaders of our profession take the time to share their stories about how they have successfully implemented change as a pharmacist”.

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Chemmart Pharmacies to run free cholesterol checks again : 24/09/2013 :

Chemmart Pharmacies will once again offer free cholesterol checks following a good response to the first run of the campaign run earlier this year.

More than 8,500 customers took advantage of the checks over a three week campaign period in April. 

The cholesterol checks will run until 9 October 2013 and take less than five minutes.

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Who can best lead the pharmacy profession forward? : 24/09/2013 :

Over the last week or so we've been asking 'listers to tell us which Australian pharmacists they think are most suited to lead the profession forward in these challenging times.

We said that we were looking for nominations based on a person's vision for the profession, their ability to communicate that vision, their integrity and their ability to lead.

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SHPA’s highest honour goes to Yvonne Allinson : 23/09/2013 :

Yvonne Allinson, former Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA), is the winner of the 2013 Fred J Boyd Award, in recognition of her enormous and sustained contribution to the profession.

The Fred J Boyd Award is named after the founding president of SHPA. It is SHPA’s most prestigious honour and is presented biennially to an SHPA member who has made an outstanding contribution to hospital pharmacy in Australia. Ms Allinson's award was presented to her during the opening session of Medicines Management 2013, the 39th SHPA National Conference, held in Cairns over the weekend.

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Guild responds to union on penalty rates : 23/09/2013 :

The flooding of the market with graduate pharmacists has more impact on real wages than any penalty rate issue, outgoing Guild President Kos Sclavos believes.

He was responding to claims by Professional Pharmacists Australia President Dr Geoff March that comments attributed to him in a recent AFR article that 'rents and wages were a more pressing problem for struggling pharmacists' and that he 'hoped the new Coalition government would bear these challenges in mind when drawing up policy around penalty rates' were a signal that the Guild would be pressing the new Coalition government for penalty rate reform.

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Queensland team wins Student Business Plan Competition : 23/09/2013 :

The Evolution Pharmacy Team from the Queensland University of Technology has won the 2013 National Student Business Plan Competition (NSBPC). Team members were Nate Hentschel, Hamish Patterson, Matt McHugh and Erika Marsh. The competition was decided at the Pharmacy Business Network (PBN) conference, held in Canberra over the weekend.

Flinders Pharmacy from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology claimed 1st runner up, and Health for Life Pharmacy from the University of Sydney were 2nd runner up.

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Bennett, Kong also honoured by SHPA : 23/09/2013 :

Two other major SHPA awards were also presented at the SHPA Medicines Management conference over the weekend.

The 2013 Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award was awarded to Dr Alexandra “Sasha” Bennett. The award recognises a member who has made an outstanding contribution in the area of clinical pharmacy practice.

The 2013 GlaxoSmithKline Medal of Merit was awarded to Dr David Kong. This award recognises an SHPA member who has made an outstanding contribution to the practice of hospital pharmacy or the development of the pharmacy profession in the previous three years.

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Environmental Snapshot of Advanced and Extended Pharmacy Practice : 23/09/2013 :

The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) recently published a new report that aims to support the ongoing development and understanding of advanced pharmacy practice in Australia.

An environmental snapshot of Advanced and Extended Pharmacy Practice looks at the international and inter-professional context in which advanced practice has expanded.

The APC was a participant in the development of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework (APPF) 2012, and strongly supports advancing practice within the pharmacy profession. To allow for continued dialogue and a shared understanding of existing models of advanced practice, the APC commissioned an environmental scan and literature review to define key terms and concepts that may provide insight for the implementation of advanced practice recognition in Australia.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Pharmacological management of ADHD : 23/09/2013 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Pharmacological management of ADHD.

"Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common neurobehavioral childhood disorders and can cause considerable disruption to the lives of the children, parents and families. ADHD begins in childhood, but can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms are divided into two categories: inattention/hyperactivity and impulsivity. A child must have symptoms from either or both of these categories for at least six months for a diagnosis of ADHD to occur. Additionally, clear evidence of significant impairment in social, academic or occupational functioning must be present in at least two settings (e.g. home and in school). Co-existing psychiatric disorders such as conduct disorder, substance abuse, and mood disorders such as depression and mania are common, and an accurate diagnosis must be made before treatment is commenced."

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

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Pharmacists optimistic about likely treatment by new Coalition government : 20/09/2013 :

Pharmacists are feeling positive about pharmacy's likely fortunes under the new Coalition government according to the result of this week's AusPharm poll.

45% of respondents feel 'extremely postive' or 'slightly positive' about pharmacy's prospects while 25% feel 'slightly negative' or 'highly negative'.

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October 2013 PBS schedule : 20/09/2013 :

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Download the Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy – S100 Arrangements Supplement

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eRx Express smart phone app to order scripts now open for sign up : 20/09/2013 :

eRx Script Exchange has opened pharmacy sign ups for its new smart phone app, called eRx Express, to be launched nationally on 24 October.

As a result, the 1,000 + pharmacies who have already registered interest in eRx Express can now complete the sign up process in time for go live on 24 October.

The new eRx Express app allows pharmacy customers to order their scripts using their smart phone – anywhere, anytime – ready for pick up on the day and time that they want.

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Over 1,000,000 sign Guild petition : 20/09/2013 :

The Pharmacy Guild has collected over 1 million signatures on its Pharmacy Under Threat petition, making it the largest ever petition to be presented to the Australian House of Representatives. The petition campaign, which concluded on 14 September, finished strongly – with around 300,000 signatures collected after the Federal Election.
 
The largest petition previously presented to the House of Representatives (a petition objecting to increases in beer prices) stands at 792,985 signatures.

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Rachel Dienaar Tasmanian Pharmacist of the Year : 20/09/2013 :

Rachel Dienaar has been announced as the inaugural PSA Tasmanian Pharmacist of the Year 2013 for her outstanding contribution to the pharmacy profession.

Rachel’s professional activities are wide and varied, incorporating community pharmacy, research, delivery of professional development and facilitating the implementation of professional services. 

On top of her ongoing excellence in professional pharmacy activities, in 2013 Rachel made one very specific contribution to the Tasmanian community when she was the pharmacist on duty at Tasman Pharmacy on January 4, 2013, when the bushfires took hold and began their rapid advance down the Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas.

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Drugs in sport and the pharmacists role : 19/09/2013 :

Pharmacists have a key role in supporting athletes in maintaining their health, aiding recovery and providing essential information about the quality use of medicines in the context of their engagement with sport.

At PAC 13, Sydney University’s Andrew McLachlan will present on the subject of Drugs in Sport, highlighting that pharmacists should also know that athletes who are required to use medicines for selected medical conditions are able to obtain a therapeutic use exemption under certain circumstances.

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Headache and Migraine Week : 19/09/2013 :

This week is Headache and Migraine Week and Headache Australia is promoting alternative treatments for headaches and encouraging chronic sufferers to join the Headache Register.

The organisation is asking people to review the management of their headaches by looking at options beyond pain killing analgesics.

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AusPharm CPD: Hepatitis C : 19/09/2013 :

The next in our 2013 series of continuing professional development activities is Hepatitis C. It has been put together for AusPharm by Debbie Rigby.

"Hepatitis C virus (HCV), a small rapidly mutating RNA virus, is one of the most important causes of liver inflammation and chronic liver disease worldwide. Approximately 60-80% of infected people develop chronic hepatitis and 30% of them progress to cirrhosis and to end-stage liver disease. This represents the most frequent indication for liver transplants."

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Schedule 3 codeine in the spotlight again : 19/09/2013 :

Victorian researchers have recommended Schedule 3 codeine containing combination analgesics be up-scheduled to Schedule 4 - prescription only.

The recommendation follows a study that examined all deaths in Victoria in the period 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2011 in which Schedule 3 codeine containing combination analgesics were found to be present in the blood of the deceased.

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Guild rejects ABC Fact Check analysis of Price Disclosure issue : 19/09/2013 :

The Pharmacy Guild yesterday rejected the ABC Fact Check website's analysis of the Price Disclosure issue saying it "has no credible status to adjudicate this matter".

The ABC Fact Check concluded the Guild's claim that the bringing forward of reductions in the prices of prescription medicines would threaten the survival of local pharmacies was 'exaggerated'.

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