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How to comply for PPIs – GuildCare has the answers : 15/02/2012 :

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More Australians using insulin to manage diabetes : 15/02/2012 :

According to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), over 220,000 Australians began using insulin to treat diabetes between 2000 and 2009.

The web-based report, Incidence of insulin-treated diabetes in Australia, 2000–2009, shows that 77% of these people had Type 2 diabetes, 12% had gestational diabetes and 10% had Type 1 diabetes. The remaining 1% had other types of diabetes.

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MIMS chips in to Pharmacists’ Support Service : 15/02/2012 :

The development and expansion of the Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS) has been given a boost through a donation of $2,000 from MIMS. The donation will be put towards developing a Pharmacists’ Support Service website which will include resources and information to support and assist pharmacists.

The website will enable PSS to broaden its outreach to pharmacists throughout Australia. Currently the service only has adequate funds to provide a telephone service between 8am and 11pm to Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory. A website with links to useful information will provide pharmacists throughout Australia with a resource they can access 24 hours a day.

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Latest NPS News aims to educate prescribers on antibiotic overuse : 15/02/2012 :

The latest NPS News highlights the role that prescribers can play in limiting the spread of antibiotic resistance, and reviews the latest evidence about antibiotic resistance in the individual.

The publication, NPS News 77: Antibiotic resistance: a problem for everyone, coincides with the rollout of the NPS antibiotics campaign to health professionals. It looks at the latest evidence in this area and emphasises the importance of effective patient communication in reducing antibiotic prescribing. Increasingly, studies demonstrate that individuals can carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria after a routine course of antibiotics for as long as six to 12 months.

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AMA joins calls for inquiry : 15/02/2012 :

The Australian Medical Association has joined the list of groups pushing for a Senate Inquiry into the Community Pharmacy Agreement according to a report published in Medical Observer yesterday.

The story cites AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton saying he hoped an inquiry would lead to more input into future community pharmacy agreements by doctors, consumers and pharmacists. Dr Hambleton said the current process in which the agreement was negotiated in confidence between the Guild and the government was characterised by “secret handshakes and backroom deals”.

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Poll: should the generic name feature on scripts, labels, repeats? : 15/02/2012 :

In a post to AusPharmList yesterday, Merriwa community pharmacist Robert Smith suggested that it should be mandatory for the molecule (generic) name of a drug to feature on  prescriptions, dispensing labels and repeats.

What do you think? Please let us know by voting in today's AusPharm poll.

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More to pain management than pills : 14/02/2012 :

Patients always  want a cure, but a pill is not the silver bullet they would hope it to be. More than 20% of Australians reported pain lasting longer than 5 months in the past year. Are these sick people, or well people with pain?

At this year's NSW Annual Therapeutic Update – March Weekend, Dr Jon Fogarty, GP and conjoint lecturer in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle, with the assistance of Dr Therese Cox, GP registrar will present a fascinating insight into the spectrum of pain, and the collaborative approach needed to provide effective pain management,  involving allied health, medical and pharmaceutical assistance.

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Flordis gives support to Friends of Science in Medicine : 14/02/2012 :

Natural medicines company, Flordis, has thrown its support behind the group, Friends of Science in Medicine, which is arguing for greater scientific evidence to support complementary medicines and alternative therapies.

Flordis Founder, Nigel Pollard, said the decision to side with Friends of Science in Medicine in its most recent push for scientific backing for health treatments, is entirely consistent with Flordis’ own advocacy of evidenced-based natural medicines.

“Some might find it curious that a natural medicines company would be associated with this group, but in fact, we know that all our products are backed by specific clinical trials, and thus meet the highest scientific standards for evidence."

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Court hits company with $3.1 million fine for TGA Act breaches : 13/02/2012 :

The Federal Court has fined a company just over $3.1 million for importing and supplying a number of products that were not on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

Export Corporation (Australia) P/L imports and distributes products under the business name 'Nutrition Systems'. In a three year to 2009 the company imported and supplied numerous products that were not on the ARTG. They included nutritional and weight loss products as well as body building, muscle growth and vitamin products. A number contained prescription medicines and undeclared ingredients which had the potential to harm consumers.

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Transparency required on payments to health professionals : 13/02/2012 :

The majority of Australians approve of pharma company financial support for doctors and the healthcare system in general, as long as the arrangement is declared openly, according to the results of a recent online survey.

The survey of 1,007 Australians aged between 18 and 64 years, conducted by Galaxy Research, on behalf of GSK, showed people were concerned that pharmaceutical sponsorship of healthcare professionals might compromise a doctor’s integrity (54%) or lead to patients not receiving the best medicine (52%).The biggest concern (72%) was for the potential for such payments to influence the advice that doctors give to patients.

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SensaSlim action against Harvey over : 13/02/2012 :

The last of the legal actions against Dr Ken Harvey brought by people associated with SensaSlim was struck out in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Friday.

The judge dismissed Peter O’Brien’s defamation case against Dr Harvey and awarded costs to Maurice Blackburn Lawyers who defended Dr Harvey. Neither Mr O’Brien or his lawyers were present in court.

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SHPA moves to replace CEO : 13/02/2012 :

As reported on AusPharm last month, long term Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) CEO, Yvonne Allinson has resigned from her role as CEO, effective 10 February 2012.

SHPA has now moved to recruit a new CEO, with ads for the position launched last week.

 

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RGH E-Bulletin: Drugs and diarrhoea : 13/02/2012 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Drugs and diarrhoea.

"Diarrhoea is characterised by increased volume, fluidity or frequency of faecal discharges. Acute diarrhoea is commonly infectious and can be viral (e.g. rotavirus, norovirus), bacterial (often causing food poisoning) or parasitic and is usually associated with nausea & vomiting. In some health service jurisdictions, infections with specific organisms are notifiable (e.g. salmonella). The issue of diarrhoea due to Clostridium difficile has been addressed in a previous RGH e-bulletin. The use of antimotility agents for infectious diarrhoea is not routinely recommended, because the infectious agent and associated toxins will remain in the GI tract longer. Rehydration and electrolyte replacement are the mainstays of treatment."

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

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A better herpes treatment? : 13/02/2012 :

A sponsor funded study published in the February issue of The Journal of Drugs and Dermatology suggests a new symptomatic treatment for cold sores can relieve symptoms more effectively than existing treatments.

Researchers compared the effectiveness of a single use topical formulation containing copper sulphate pentahydrate and Hypericum perforatum (Dynamiclear) with acyclovir. A total of 149 cold sore sufferers were allocated randomly to each group and monitored for two weeks.

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Tasmanian controlled drug monitoring system to be rolled out nationally : 13/02/2012 :

A Tasmanian system that sees the dispensing of schedule 8 drugs monitored by regulatory agencies in real time has been so successful it is to be rolled out nationally.

The system provides secure, controlled access to selected information for clinicians who need to prescribe drugs of dependence and are unsure of their patient’s previous clinical history relating to these drugs.

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Pharmacists happy to bend the rules : 10/02/2012 :

This week's AusPharm poll produced the slightly surprising result that the majority of pharmacists *are* prepared to bend the rules to provide a medication for a 'patient in need'.

Given the apparent absence of Board and/or regulatory action that might flow from such activity, we can only assume those who are 'bending the rules' are getting away with it.

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2012 Offshore Refresher Conference CPD Opportunities : 10/02/2012 :

The 2012 PSA Offshore Refresher Conference will give delegates a unique opportunity to earn a high number of CPD credits while expanding their professional and business knowledge in exciting and unusual locations.
 
The Offshore Conference is renowned for its learning experience and for the extent of knowledge presented to delegates because its structure enables subject areas to be covered in great depth.

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Senate debate on pharmacy inquiry postponed : 09/02/2012 :

The Senate has delayed consideration of Greens Senator Richard Di Natale's motion to set up a Senate inquiry into the Community Pharmacy Agreement. The motion is now scheduled for debate on February 28, likely with new Terms of Reference.

On learning this yesterday, a Guild spokesperson told AusPharm that it will continue to oppose an inquiry.

"We will continue to argue that the spectre of the inquiry is continuing to cause instability in the community pharmacy market, and among lenders, and the inquiry should be scrapped.  The original proposed terms of reference were always too broad and hostile to community pharmacy."

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Invitation to comment: Proposed advisory statements for the labels of cough and cold medicines for use in children : 09/02/2012 :

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is seeking comments from interested parties on the proposed advisory statements for cough and cold medicines for use in children for inclusion in the Required advisory statements for medicine labels (RASML) document when it is next updated.

It has been recommended that the labelling of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not include dosage instructions for children under 6 years of age.

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GMIA - hands off PBS : 09/02/2012 :

Chairman of the Generic Medicines Industry Association, Dr Martin Cross, said yesterday that the unprecedented value of medicines coming off patent in 2012 removes the need for further cuts to PBS spending.

Dr Cross, formerly Managing Director and Country President Australia and NZ of pharma company Novartis, says Australia should look to developed countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, where generic use is much more prevalent.

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