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Print your own registration certificate : 11/07/2011 :

Pharmacists can now print a copy of their Certificate of Registration directly from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website.

AHPRA Chief Executive Officer Martin Fletcher said the new service was developed in response to practitioner demand and gives practitioners the ability to supply a Certificate of Registration – for example to satisfy employer requests. AHPRA will, however, continue to send all health practitioners a certificate when they renew their registration on an annual basis.

To print your certificate you need to log on at the AHPRA website and, once logged in, click the 'Request certificate' button at the bottom of the page.

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Nominations Sought for the 2012 Senior Australian of the Year : 11/07/2011 :

Nominations have been called for the 2012 Senior Australian of the Year. All Australians have been encouraged to nominate an older person who has given generously to others and made a significant contribution to society for the 2012 Senior Australian of the Year Award.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise someone aged 60 years or over who has made a significant contribution to the welfare of our community,” Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mr Butler said.

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The PharmG's: Boom Intervention : 11/07/2011 :

Listen to the first single by the PharmG's "Boom: Intervention"

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Full employment for 2010 pre-reg's : 11/07/2011 :

A report published early last week from Graduate Careers Australia (GCA), Graduate Destinations 2010, shows that, in 2010, employment prospects for new higher education graduates (those graduating in 2009) fell for the second year running. However, it also shows that of the 86% of 2009 pharmacy graduates who were seeking full time work, effectively all of them (97%) had it.

These figures relate to graduates (ie pre-reg's) so they don't give us much information about the true state of the (registered) pharmacist employment marketplace, where, anecdotally at least, finding a job is getting harder.

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Alzheimer’s Disease treatments under the spotlight : 11/07/2011 :

Developments in treatment strategies for Alzheimer’s disease in the context of pharmaceutical settings will be the subject of a presentation at PAC11 given by noted authority Professor Jürgen Götz.

Professor Götz, who is Chair of Molecular Biology and Director of the Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Laboratory at the Brain and Mind Research Institute of the University of Sydney, will be presenting on Dementia – Understanding the underlying mechanisms and translating into practice.

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RGH E-Bulletin: The hCG diet : 11/07/2011 :

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

"Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone that occurs in the body in large quantities during pregnancy, and pharmaceutical grade hCG is obtained from the urine of pregnant women and used to treat hypogonadism in males and anovulatory infertility in women. In 1954 Dr Albert Simeons, a British physician, published a paper in the Lancet that discussed the use of HCG in the obese. He claimed at that time that injections of hCG enabled a dieter to tolerate a very low calorie diet (VLCD) with a limit of of 500 calories a day. The publication claimed that hCG injections would mobilize stored fat, suppress appetite and redistribute fat from the waist, hip and thighs. There is no scientific evidence to support these claims. To this day, this diet remains heavily promoted via various internet sites.
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Click here to read the bulletin in full. The E‑Bulletins are archived on the AusPharmList website here.

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 09/07/2011 :

AFL Round 15

AFL Round 15 saw just 1 tipper select all 8 game winners correctly. Katie Magee from Horsham Amcal Chemist tipped the perfect round and is the weekly winner. In 2nd place was Isaac Rochwerger of John Jackson Pharmacy with Jack Jenkin of Marden Amcal in 3rd position.

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Most young Australians doing well - but diet and exercise could be improved : 08/07/2011 :

According to a report recently released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the majority of young Australians (12–24 yrs) experience good health and wellbeing.

The report, Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2011, examines the progress made in the health and wellbeing of 12 to 24 year olds across the nation and over time.

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60% of pharmacists think Pfizer will get away with it... : 08/07/2011 :

Just over 5 months on from Pfizer's rollout of its direct to pharmacy exclusive supply model, there is significant pressure being brought to bear on government to declare the model illegal and return Pfizers PBS medicines to CSO wholesalers. In this week's AusPharm poll, we asked 'listers what they thought the outcome of all the lobbying would be.

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap (NRL) : 08/07/2011 :

NRL Round 17

NRL Round 17 saw just 3 tippers select all 6 winners. Nam Nguyen from Peter Green Pharmacy also tipped the perfect margin and is this weeks winner. In 2nd place was Peter Kolb of Peter Kolb Pharmacy with Brett Fooks from Clara St Pharmacy in 3rd position.

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E-health process progressing, slowly.... : 08/07/2011 :

Two milestones in the development of Australia’s e-health system have been met with the appointment of the National Change and Adoption Partner and the release of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record System: Legislation issues paper.

A consortium headed by McKinsey and Company has been selected to lead the national change and adoption process as Australia moves to introduce Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR) next year.

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Synthetic cannabinoids outlawed : 08/07/2011 :

Eight synthetic cannabinoids will be classified as prohibited substances throughout Australia from today.

Preparations containing synthetic cannabinoids, such as Kronic, have been widely available on the Internet - these products have already been banned in Western Australia and South Australia with New South Wales to follow tomorrow.

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Difflam joins Gold Cross branding campaign : 07/07/2011 :

The Gold Cross brand has received another boost through the support of iNova Pharmaceuticals and Difflam.

A new TV commercial for Difflam highlights the Pharmacy Guild’s Gold Cross and Ask Your Pharmacist brands.  The advertisementis screening on TV  in all capital cities as well as selected provincial areas, and builds on the strength of the previous Gold Cross brand campaigns.

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TGA Advisory: oral contraceptives containing drospirenone (Yaz and Yasmin) : 07/07/2011 :

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) yesterday issued an 'advisory' saying it is aware of two recently published studies that reported a greater risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in women taking oral contraceptives containing the progestogen drospirenone (Yaz and Yasmin) when compared to oral contraceptives containing the progestogen levonorgestrel.

The TGA says it has reviewed the available information and assessed the risks of VTE associated with drospirenone-containing oral contraceptives saying it has been working with the sponsor to amend the product information to incorporate the new evidence.

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Monash Pharmacy head responds to PSA President : 07/07/2011 :

'Listers may have seen comments made by PSA President Warwick Plunkett relating to the increasing numbers of pharmact students in recent times in the June 30 issue of Pharmacy News. Mr Plunkett commented that "it’s not the proliferation of schools that’s the problem, it’s in fact the three or four major schools that have the huge numbers."

He went on to say "The newer schools are only graduating a very small number ... the issue currently with large numbers falls back on places like Sydney University, Monash and the University of South Australia. They’re the ones controlling the numbers, which are for their own benefit ... they’re driving their own internal dollars."

Monash University Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor Bill Charman, put out a statement in response yesterday. We've reproduced it below in full.

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AusPharm CE: RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 37 : 07/07/2011 :

The next in our 2011 series of continuing education activities is the RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 37.

This CE activity assesses your understanding of four recent RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletins (Volumes 42-4 - 42-7  -->  May - June 2011).

After completing this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Discuss the interaction of St John’s wort with contraceptive agents
  • Describe features of clozapine-induced haematological abnormalities
  • Outline recent evidence about optimal duration of statin therapy
  • Discuss the diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency anaemia

Click here to do this Continuing Education activity. Or, if you prefer, you might like to take a look at our other CE activities here .

AusPharm gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided by MIMs.

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Bulletin Board winter edition : 06/07/2011 :

The winter 2011 edition of the Medicare Australia Bulletin Board has now been published on the Medicare Australia website.

  • Budget 2011-12–what does it mean for the PBS?
  • The Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement­changes to initiatives
  • Changes to Medication Management Reviews­RMMR and HMR and the introduction of MUR
  • Owing prescriptions
  • Satisfaction survey­record result
  • Bulletin Board is a quarterly newsletter covering the PBS and related issues for pharmacists and pharmacy assistants. Register to receive Bulletin Board in your inbox.

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    New Head for Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee : 06/07/2011 :

    Doctor Suzanne Hill is to be the new chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

    The Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, announced today Dr Hill would succeed Professor Lloyd Sansom as chair of PBAC.

    Dr Hill currently works for the World Health Organization in Geneva, in the Department of Medicines Policy and Standards, and was previously Associate Professor, Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Newcastle.

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    How many pharmacists are there? : 06/07/2011 :

    The Pharmacy Board of Australia yesterday released statistics detailing the number of pharmacists and students it has have their books.

    There are now approximately 25,000 registered pharmacists in Australia.

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    Poll: exclusive, direct to pharmacy, supply of PBS medicines : 06/07/2011 :

    Pfizer's decision to bypass the CSO wholesalers and introduce a direct to pharmacy distribution model has generated plenty of discussion amongst pharmacists and plenty of angst for pharmacy owners/manager, particularly in the early days, when the infrastructure was still being tweaked.

    The CSO wholesalers and others are bringing pressure to bear on government to compel Pfizer to make their products available through the wholesalers also, citing patient interest, CSO and National Medicines Policy arguments. The federal government is said to be closely watching developments.

    What do you think the outcome of all this argy bargy will be? Please let us know by voting in this week's AusPharm poll.

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