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Rigby gets a paint job at ConPharm : 07/06/2012 :

The entertainment at last weekend's ConPharm gala dinner was provided by World Renowned Speed Painter, Celebrity Artist, Entertainer Brad Blaze. Brad paints portraits in a few minutes with the audience guessing who he is painting. The first painting started as Bart Simpson then transformed into Albert Einstein, the next was John Lennon who was transformed into Steve Jobs.

In between each painting he told his story of his career change, the famous people he's painted, raising over half a million dollars in the past year for charity in the process, usually through auctioning the paintings at corporate dinners.

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 07/06/2012 :

AFL - Round 10

Round 10 of the 2012 AFL season kicked off with St. Kilda taking on Richmond which saw the tigers get over the line and close the match with an 8 point win.

NRL - Round 13

Round 13 of the 2012 NRL season saw the West Tigers demolish the Radiers at Canberra Stadium to win by a huge 40-0. Highlights for this week included the Bulldogs defeating the Rabbitohs by 5 points, the Sea Eagles beating the Dragons 20-8 at Brookvale Oval and the Titans securing a win over the Cowboys 28-12.

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AACP gets new Chair : 07/06/2012 :

Paul Sinclair, pictured right, is the 2012-2014 Chair of the AACP Board of Directors. Appointed to the AACP Board as one of the four Guild nominated directors in March 2009, Paul is also Vice President of the NSW Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and a National Councillor of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

Paul is a practising Community Pharmacist with over 30 years experience, having owned pharmacies in South West Sydney, the Southern Highlands and the Central Coast of NSW. He is Chair of the Quality and Standards Committee (QAS) of the Guild and a member of the Pharmacy Guild Health Economics Committee.

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Complementary medicines regulatory reforms : 06/06/2012 :

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced this week that it has started work on a series of reforms relating to complementary medicines (CAMs).

The reforms are part of the overarching A blueprint for TGA's future and also include a number of recommendations from the Auditor-General's Report on Therapeutic Goods Regulation: Complementary Medicines.

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College sessions on nutrient / medicines issues well received : 06/06/2012 :

Nine Australian and three New Zealand seminars recently staged by the Australian College of Pharmacy on the topic Drug Influences on Nutrient Levels – Examining the relationships between medicines and nutrients have attracted positive feedback from those attending.

Areas covered included the nutrient requirements for preconception planning, the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and immune systems. The seminar was designed to update pharmacists on nutrient requirements in Australian and New Zealand populations and the effect of medications on nutrient levels. The seminars provided an evidence base for the recommendation of supplementation by pharmacists and was rounded out with case studies to help pharmacists incorporate what they had learnt into their practice.

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RGH E-Bulletin Supplement: Safety alert – check route of administration carefully : 06/06/2012 :

This RGH E Bulletin Supplement was put together following recent incidents at South Australia's Repatriation General Hospital. As it has wider applicability, it is being circulated to the broader pharmacy community.

"Recent incidents have once again drawn attention to the potential for significant adverse consequences if a medication is administered to a patient via a route other than that which was intended. If a drug intended for oral administration via a nasogastric tube is inadvertently administered via an IV line, this can cause a serious adverse reaction or even death.

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Under the influence of magnetic drugs : 06/06/2012 :

By combining three metals iron, gold and platinum, pharmacists at the University of Sydney believe they have discovered a method for magnetically directing drugs through the body.

Led by Dr Nial Wheate, a team of scientists from the Faculty of Pharmacy, along with collaborators in Scotland, have developed a new anticancer drug that has an iron oxide core as small as 5 nanometres in size (1/1000th the width of a human hair).

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Poll: reaction to the Chemist Warehouse free generic Lipitor ad : 06/06/2012 :

The discussion topic of the week in pharmacy is, without doubt, the Chemist Warehouse decision to offer its customers a free Sandoz brand atorvastatin product.

Posts to AusPharmList have, in the main, condemned the move.

How do you feel about it? Please let us know by voting in this week's AusPharm poll.

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'Speed networking' a hit : 06/06/2012 :

Friday evening's cocktail reception for delegates at the Australian College of Pharmacy's annual conference, currently underway in Brisbane,  featured 'speed networking' a great way of encouraging those in attendance to mingle more widely.

Delegates were divided into one of four groups: pharmacy owners, pharmacist employees, students and industry/HR. Each group was placed with another and the groupings changed every 15 minutes. 

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Sigma to feature at National Convention & Exhibition : 05/06/2012 :

Sigma Pharmaceuticals' brands are amongst the extensive range of new brands showcasing at the upcoming Guild Pharmacy Academy – National Convention & Exhibition.

Visitors will be able to see first hand the significant investment Sigma is making in its retail brands. Sigma’s reinvigorated retail strategy has at its heart ‘placing pharmacists and consumers at centre of everything we do, for mutual benefit.’  While the new strategy does have some impact on the dispensary, the main focus is the front- of-shop activities within a pharmacy that will position customers in the most competitive way.

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SA pharmacist 2012 Consultant Pharmacist of the Year : 05/06/2012 :

South Australian accredited pharmacist Susan Edwards has been named as the recipient of the 2012 AACP Pfizer Consultant Pharmacist of the Year Award.  The medal and certificate were presented at the AACP’s annual seminar ConPharm ’12, held at the Palmer Resort Coolum, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, by Mr Neil Wildman Manager, External Relations, Public Affairs and Policy, Pfizer Australia, and Ms Debbie Rigby, Chair of the AACP Board.

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Ascent launches iPad dispensary analysis app : 05/06/2012 :

Ascent Pharmaceuticals yesterday launched Apptitude, a new iPad app that enables Ascent customers to access real time analysis of their dispensary’s performance from an iPad.

"With PBS reform now firmly entrenched, we felt the next step was to ensure that our customers were maximising every opportunity for profit within the dispensary," said Ascent's General Manager Sales and Marketing, Mr Andrew Heine.

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NSW pharmacy student of the year winner : 04/06/2012 :

Charles Sturt University student Megan Coleman, pictured right, is the Alphapharm 2012 NSW Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY).
 
The NSW final of the Pharmacy Student of the Year counselling competition was held at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s (PSA) Clinical and Practice Expo (CPExpo) at the weekend.

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MIMS Monthly Medicine Update : 04/06/2012 :

The MIMS June 2012 Monthly Medicine Update is now available. Click the link to read it now.

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Latest Edition of Australian Prescriber published : 04/06/2012 :

The June 2012 issue of Australian Prescriber is now available online. Topics featured in this issue include:

  • The influence of opinion leaders
  • Pertussis prophylaxis
  • Drug interactions: principles and practice
  • Rational prescribing for asthma in adults – written asthma action plans

It also contains the most recent Medicines Safety Update.

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Zolpidem continues to feature in TGA ADR reports : 04/06/2012 :

The TGA says that it continues to receive reports of potentially dangerous, complex sleep-related behaviours, amnesia and hallucinations associated with zolpidem use. The agency is encouraging health professionals to report cases to the TGA, even if they are only suspected cases.

Zolpidem is one of the drugs featured in the latest issue of the TGA's Medicines Safety Update, now available on the TGA website.

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Board to review English Language Skills registration standard : 04/06/2012 :

The Pharmacy Board of Australia, along with other National Boards, has announced that it will commission research on English language skills testing, including the scope of Board exemptions from testing requirements.

The research will inform the review of the Board's English Language Skills Registration Standard, set for 2013.

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RGH E-Bulletin:Withdrawal of dextropropoxyphene preparations in Australia : 04/06/2012 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Withdrawal of dextropropoxyphene preparations in Australia.

"Dextropropoxyphene is an opioid analgesic used to treat moderate to severe pain. In addition to expected opioid adverse effects, serious adverse drug reactions including hepatic reactions, hallucinations, abuse, withdrawal symptoms and cardiac conduction abnormalities have been reported with this agent. A change in the patient’s disease state, other medications, or a decrease in kidney function can greatly increase the risk for cardiac effects."

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

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Consumers get free atorvastatin from Chemist Warehouse : 04/06/2012 :

The Chemist Warehouse group are dispensing the Sandoz brand of atorvastatin to patients for free.

The offer was spruiked in newspaper advertisements in both Fairfax and Murdoch papers on Saturday. In (very) fine print at the bottom of the ads were the words "Initial supply per patient at $0.00 and all subsequent supplies from $14.99".

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Apotex has the market share (amongst 'listers that is...) : 01/06/2012 :

This week's AusPharm poll asked 'listers who is their main supplier of prescription generics medicines. The results, shown in full below, tell us that Apotex has the largest market share with 25%, some 7% ahead of its closest competitor, Alphapharm.

Back in 2007, when we last ran a similar poll, Alphapharm had the lion's share of the market, with 34%.

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