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New eHealth “learning centre” goes live : 14/05/2012 :

An online "learning centre" on the pending electronic health record system targetting both patients and practitioners was launched last week.

The Learning Centre features a range of information about the national eHealth record system and the infrastructure that will support it. It provides interactive features for the general public and for healthcare professionals who may be looking for more detailed material.

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RGH E-Bulletin: Linagliptin : 14/05/2012 :

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

"Diabetes mellitus is associated with significant morbidity and excess mortality, and for this reason new oral anti-hyperglycaemic medications attract considerable interest, given the high prevalence of diabetes in Australia and around the world. Linagliptin (Trajenta®), a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor, was recently endorsed for subsidised supply under the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in patients with type-2 diabetes, for use in dual oral therapy with combination of either metformin or a sulfonylurea in patients with a HbA1c level greater than 7% despite the use of metformin or sulfonylurea, or where the combination of metformin and sulfonylurea is contraindicated or not tolerated."

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

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UK pharmacies prepare to offer vaccinations : 14/05/2012 :

Pharmacists in the UK are being equipped with the skills and resources to offer a wider range of flu vaccination services this coming winter.

Seasonal flu vaccination services can be provided by pharmacies under a patient group direction (PGD). The National Pharmacy Association, the leading UK trade association for community pharmacy, is offering half-day training courses from mid-summer 2012.

This training provides pharmacists with the required know-how for administering injections, dealing with anaphylactic reactions and resuscitation, and includes information on how to set up and deliver a flu vaccination service. The service can be offered outside of a pharmacy and participating pharmacies and their customers have access to phone support from medical colleagues.

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Conference & research grants open to SHPA members : 14/05/2012 :

Applications are invited from SHPA members for three grants worth a total of $30,000, to either attend conferences or conduct research. The industry-funded grants include:

Pfizer Pharmacy Grant 2012
2 grants of $5000 each. To attend a national or international conference, or undertake a preceptorship in a particular therapeutic area.

Sanofi Pamela Nieman Continuum of Care Research Grant 2012
1 grant of $10 000 to conduct research into optimising medication management for improved 'continuity of care'.

Fresenius Kabi Cancer Services Pharmacist Grant
$5000 grants (up to $10,000) for either:
- a preceptorship and/or conference attendance in oncology, haematology, stem cell transplantation or palliative care; or
- a research project in oncology, haematology, stem cell transplantation or palliative care in hospitals.

Application deadlines, forms and further information can be found online at the SHPA website.

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Hospital referral HMRs a step closer : 14/05/2012 :

The 5th CPA provides for changes to the HMR program, with an emphasis on patients most at risk of medication misadventure e.g. immediately after discharge from hospital. Accordingly, written stakeholder input was sought in Jan 2012 to a consultation paper on the implementation of a hospital referral pathway to enable urgent HMRs. The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) has now published a general summary of the 75 responses to this paper.

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26,434 pharmacists on the Register : 12/05/2012 :

The Pharmacy Board of Australia yesterday released data detailing the number and types of pharmacists on its register as of March 31, 2012

26,434 pharmacists were on the Board's register at that time -  24, 675 were registered pharmacists with the remaining 1759 being interns.

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Pharmacists on top of their CPD : 11/05/2012 :

Over 90% of respondents to this week's AusPharm poll say they're on track to meet their 2012 CPS commitment of achieving 30 CPD credits.

This seems high to AusPharm - perhaps AusPharmListers are a particularly diligent lot!

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Medicines Partnership of Australia: time to talk : 11/05/2012 :

The Medicines Partnership of Australia believes that with the PBS so demonstrably under control, now is a good time for the sector and government to have a discussion about longer term issues.

The group welcomed the Government’s decision to leave the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) alone in this week’s Federal Budget saying that the cooperative approach between the Government, industry and community pharmacy has resulted in a PBS which is trending significantly lower than was previously estimated.  The group believes that this is why no new measures were implemented in this week's budget which affect patients’ access to medicines and why co-payments didn't rise.

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A Practical Program for Community Pharmacy : 09/05/2012 :

Starting Friday June 15th, the Guild Academy National Convention & Exhibition will deliver a Practical Program for Community Pharmacy.

The program, running over three days, contains over 60 education sessions, including Practical Education sessions running on Saturday the 16th.

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The Australian College of Pharmacy: Have your say : 09/05/2012 :

A renewed focus on quality monthly online CPD, face to face sessions and a revamped Annual Conference education program should strengthen the competitive appeal of College membership, says Jenny Bergin, General Manager of the Australian College of Pharmacy.

“Since I joined the College in January 2012 I have received feedback that pharmacists are looking for the type of offer the College delivers. There’s so much CPD out there and the discerning pharmacist is tired of wasting time sorting out the ‘wheat from the chaff’. They’re looking to reputable providers such as the College to provide good quality CPD which not only helps them stay registered but is meaningful in their practice."

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Pharmacy, PBS left alone : 09/05/2012 :

As expected, if not too confidently, last night's Federal Budget left community pharmacy untouched and made no further cuts to PBS spending. The budget did, however, confirm that the estimated savings that will flow from existing PBS reform measures have been revised upwards from $1.9 to $2.1 billion over the next 4 years.

On the down side the scrapping of the reduction in the company tax rates will cost pharmacy owners some much needed after tax dollars.

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Poll: CPD - how are you tracking? : 09/05/2012 :

To satisfy Pharmacy Board CPD requirements this year pharmacists are required to complete continuing education activities to the value of 30 CPD credits for the year ending September 30, up from 20 CPD credits last year.

Now that mandatory CPD has been in place for almost 2 years, AusPharm would like to know how people are progressing towards achieving their 2012 total. Please help us find out by ticking the relevant box in today's AusPharm online poll.

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Two Posts of the Day : 09/05/2012 :




Budget 2012-13 : 08/05/2012 :

The 2012-13 Budget will be available here from approx. 7.30pm AEST tonight

and at the following alternative sites:

Australia.gov.au

Department of Finance and Deregulation

Parliament of Australia

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1 in 20 GP scripts ripe for pharmacist intervention in the UK : 08/05/2012 :

With research results showing 1 in 20 GP scripts in the UK had a prescribing or monitoring error, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is taking the opportunity to call for a pharmacist in every GP practice to make patient care safer.

The research, conducted by the University of Nottingham for the General Medical Council (GMC, the body governing doctors) investigated the prevalence and nature of prescribing errors in general practice, explored the causes, and identified defences against errors. The GMC research report (259-pages) is available online.

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Online Training Available for Suicide Prevention Professionals : 08/05/2012 :

The government has launched online training package aimed at aiding Australians who have attempted or are at risk of suicide or self-harm.

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler and Member for Petrie Yvette D’Ath today launched the training package during a visit to the Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local.

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PSA: pharmacists can help : 08/05/2012 :

The tightening economic situation and the imperative to return to a budget surplus should not deter the Federal Government from addressing health issues affecting some of the more vulnerable members of society, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia says.
 
Acting President of the PSA, Dr Claire O’Reilly, said the PSA had presented a viable and sustainable proposal which would see pharmacists playing a key role in targeting shortcomings in the safety and quality of health services for high-risk population groups.

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PBS to go under the knife : 08/05/2012 :

In an opinion piece in todays' Australian newspaper, welll connected health journalist Sue Dunlevey writes, "The Australian understands the government is poised to review the cost-effectiveness of certain diabetes and heart medicines as it pursues further savings in the PBS."

No other details are provided. Watch AusPharm in the morning for details....

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Labelling of fexofenadine and loperamide : 07/05/2012 :

The TGA is seeking comments from interested parties on the proposed advisory statements for fexofenadine and loperamide for inclusion in the Required Advisory Statements for Medicine Labels (RASML) document when it is next updated.

The need to update the advisory statement stems from the 2011 decisions to exempt from scheduling small packs of these products.

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PAC12 call for abstracts : 07/05/2012 :

Pharmacy practitioners are being encouraged to share their work with their peers by submitting posters and oral presentations for Australia’s premier pharmacy event, the Pharmacy Australia Congress (PAC12).

Organisers of PAC12 are calling for abstracts for poster and oral presentations from researchers and practitioners who are working in pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science.

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