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Ads for award winning product breach Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code : 11/04/2011 :

Advertising for an award winning complementary medicine marketed as a sleep aid has been found by the independent Complaint Resolution Panel to be in breach of a number of sections of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code.

The advertising for Sanofi-Aventis "Nature's Own Complete Sleep” won a 2010 Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) Award for Marketing Excellence and appeared on the company's website and on some pharmacy websites.

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Pharmacists: The best kept secret in health care : 11/04/2011 :

A recent survey conducted by the Pharmacist Coalition for Health Reform (PCHR) sought pharmacists' thoughts on some initial creative ideas PCHR has developed for a campaign to raise the profile of pharmacists in the community.

By far the most support was shown for a creative idea featuring two generations and the tagline ‘Pharmacists: The best kept secret in health care’.

Another key finding was that many pharmacists think it is time for the profession to abandon the white coat.

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Pharmatopia: A virtual reality learning resource for pharmacy students : 11/04/2011 :

Pharmacy students at The University of Queensland (UQ) are learning how to do drug dosing calculations by working in a three-dimension virtual world.

UQ's School of Pharmacy is one of 10 universities from around the world that has collaboratively developed an innovative pharmacy learning resource using online virtual reality platform ‘Second Life'. More....

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RGH E-Bulletin: Agomelatine: a new antidepressant : 11/04/2011 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Agomelatine: a new antidepressant

"Agomelatine (Valdoxan®) is a melatonin receptor (MT1 and MT2) agonist and 5HT2C receptor antagonist indicated for treatment of major depression in adults. The mechanism of antidepressant action for agomelatine is not clear. It is hypothesized that the effect on melatonin receptors corrects the abnormalities of circadian rhythm in patients suffering from depression, however the serotonin 5-HT2C receptor antagonist activity may confer its antidepressant effect by leading to increased dopamine and noradrenaline in the frontal cortex via disinhibition."
 
Click here to read the bulletin in full. The E‑Bulletins are archived on the AusPharmList website here.

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TGA needs a hand - change of closing date for expressions of interest : 10/04/2011 :

The Therapeutic Goods Administration's Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines (ACSOM) is looking for new members.

ACSOM is a statutory committee under the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990. It is responsible for the provision of advice to the TGA on the safety aspects of medicine regulation and pharmacovigilance.

Expressions of interest are being sought for positions on ACSOM.

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Majority of pharmacists see vaccination as part of their role : 08/04/2011 :

The results of this week's poll suggest that most pharmacists now see routine vaccination as an appropriate part of pharmacy practice.

73% of respondents to this week's poll told us that they think suitably accredited pharmacists should be permitted to administer routine vaccinations in community pharmacies. This is significantly higher than the result obtained in an identical 2002 poll. Only 17% of respondents though that this was not a suitable role for pharmacists.

So, how does pharmacy make it happen?

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Student Register up and running : 08/04/2011 :

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) announced this week that a national register of health science students, including pharmacy students, is now in place.

The role of the 10 National Health Practitioner Boards in relation to students is limited to student health impairment matters or when there is a criminal conviction of a serious nature, either of which may adversely impact on public safety.  The Student Register is not public.

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Nicabate factory goes up in smoke : 08/04/2011 :

GSK announced yesterday that a fire at its UK factory will see Nicabate transdermal products largely unavailable to Australian pharmacies for approximately 3 months.

The company has asked GPs to stop prescribing Nicabate P during this time.

Supplies of Nicabate gum, lozenges and Minis are unaffected by the fire.

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Corum Group belted : 08/04/2011 :

Corum Health Services parent company Corum Group  announced to the ASX yesterday that it may need to pay former Executive Director, Michael Rowley, an amount of money approaching $1 million after a legal case brought by Mr Rowley went against the company.

Mr Rowley's company Oliveprince P/L sued Corum for the termination of a consultancy agreement entered into for 4 years from September 2005.

Corum has not yet decided whether it will appeal the judgement.

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TGA Transparency Review extended at request of Review Panel : 07/04/2011 :

At the request of the chair of the Therapeutical Goods Administration (TGA) Transparency Review panel, Professor Dennis Pearce, the Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King, has extended the panel’s reporting date to 30 June 2011.

“The purpose of the review was to improve public knowledge of regulatory decision-making and to enhance public understanding of the benefits and risks of therapeutic goods so that the Australian community can understand how the TGA operates and the reasons for its key decisions. It was to report to me in April 2011," Ms King said.

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Antimicrobial resistance: no action today no cure tomorrow : 07/04/2011 :

Australians are being warned to be medicinewise with antibiotics this winter or risk not having antibiotics that work in the future.

NPS MedicineWise is joining the voices of the World Health Organization and ReAct Group to raise awareness of the ramifications of misusing antibiotics as part of World Health Day 2011 today.

Antibiotic resistance has emerged as one of the greatest global health challenges to be addressed in the 21st Century. The risk of widespread antibiotic resistance threatens to negate the positive changes made in modernizing healthcare systems; therefore, fresh approaches are essential, as well as new and effective antibacterial drugs.

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Guild Disaster Appeal - apply before April 15 : 07/04/2011 :

The Pharmacy Guild has announced that the Guild Members’ Disaster Appeal, which was launched in February to assist community pharmacies severely affected by the recent floods across eastern Australia, has raised a total of $449,670 after a successful fundraising drive at the Australian Pharmacy Professional (APP) Conference and Trade Exhibition.

Guild member pharmacies that were worst hit by the disasters are now invited to make applications for assistance through the appeal. The application form is available for download at the Guild website, here.

The closing date for applications is Friday 15 April 2011 - Friday of next week.

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Poll: pharmacists as immunisers : 06/04/2011 :

For many years now there has been discussion in pharmacy circles on whether or not pharmacists should be able to administer routine vaccines, including flu vaccines.

Some Schools of Pharmacy are now training their students to administer vaccines and Priceline's current flu vaccine offer (nurse administered) has people talking.

What do you think? Should suitably accredited pharmacists be permitted to administer routine vaccinations in pharmacies? Please let us know by voting in today's AusPharm poll.

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Latest edition of Australian Prescriber out now : 06/04/2011 :

The April 2011 issue of Australian Prescriber is now available online. Topics featured in this issue include:

  • Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's access to medicines
  • Managing dental infections
  • Breast cancer testing
  • Cardiac effects of non-cardiac drugs

It also contains the most rtecent Medicines Safety Update.

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PAC11 online registrations open : 06/04/2011 :

Online registrations for the 2011 Pharmacy Australia Congress (PAC11) are now open.

PAC11, with the theme of Discovery, Development, Diversification, will provide a topical and comprehensive program covering a range of educational, business and practice subjects. Each of the three days of the Congress is devoted to one of these elements.

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Consumers, opposition critical of cabinet PBS move : 06/04/2011 :

Health consumer group the Consumer Health Forum (CHF) yesterday expressed concerns at the recent decision by Cabinet to defer approval of seven new medicines which had been recommended for inclusion on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

CHF says it has has already received complaints from many members who are worried that the most effective drugs to treat certain illnesses are being delayed so the Budget can be brought back to surplus. CEO Carol Bennett said that people with health problems should have access to the best, most cost effective medicines available, as soon as they are available.

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Chemist Warehouse and Priceline Pharmacy top in customer satisfaction : 06/04/2011 :

Chemist Warehouse and Priceline Pharmacy both lead customer satisfaction with 90% in the 12 months to December 2010, according to the latest data released in the Roy Morgan Retail Satisfaction Report.

My Chemist, Amcal and Terry White followed closely behind with 89% customer satisfaction. Guardian was just outside of the top 5 with 88%, followed by Soul Pattinson (86%), and Chemmart (85%).

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TGA Transparency Review : 06/04/2011 :

105 written submissions have now been received for the TGA 'Transparency Review'. The closing date for submissions has now passed.

At its most recent meeting, on 23 March 2011, the Review panel was briefed by Professor Lloyd Sansom, Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and Ms Lynn Weekes, Chief Executive Officer of National Prescribing Service (NPS).

The Panel discussed the outcomes of the public consultations and began their consideration of issues raised against the Terms of Reference in preparation for their Report. The fourth meeting of the Panel will be held on 13 April 2011.

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 06/04/2011 :

AFL Round 2
 
AFL Round 2 was favourable to tippers with 16 selecting all the 8 winners. Mark Walton from Apotex tipped the margin perfectly and wins the weekly prize. In 2nd place was Barry Parsons of Baxter Healthcare with Jai Kumar from Kumar's Pharmacy in 3rd spot.

NRL Round 4

NRL Round 4 saw just 2 tippers select all 8 winners correctly. Ben Kang from Kings Pharmacy had the best margin and wins the weekly prize. In 2nd place was Marc Aldridge from Huxhams Pharmacy with Frances Ukich from Paul Ukich Pharmacy taking 3rd spot.

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RGH E-Bulletin: Olanzapine long-acting injection : 05/04/2011 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Olanzapine long-acting injection

"Olanzapine has been marketed in Australia since mid 1997 for the treatment of schizophrenia, and subsequently for the maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder.  Unfortunately, non-compliance with medication continues to be a sizeable problem in this group of patients, and can lead to exacerbation of symptoms, as well as relapse and re-hospitalisations. Long-acting injectable forms of antipsychotic medication can therefore play an important role in achieving optimal treatment outcomes."

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

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