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Marketing for pharmacists, not pharmacies : 04/08/2011 :

The dynamics of the mix between pharmacies and pharmacists are set to take on a new importance in the profession as it moves towards the future, so much so that PAC11 has a special session devoted to the subject.
 
Presented by Phill Woods, pictured right,  of Griffith University, Queensland, the session will examine the opportunities and challenges of first differentiating the pharmacist from the pharmacy, and then pharmacists in the eyes of the audience they serve.

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Poll: administering non prescription medicines in an emergency : 03/08/2011 :

A recent Griffith University study consucted by Sara McMillan, Dr Laetitia Hattingh and Dr Michelle King (abstract) investigated the opinions of community pharmacists in administering a non-prescription medicine in a medical emergency.

The results of the survey showed that some pharmacists had administered non-prescription medicines in an emergency situation in the past but the majority of the participants (36/43) wanted clarification of their role in treating patients in a medical emergency, as currently legislative and professional guidelines are not clear and this is therefore a grey area.

What would you do if confronted by such an emergency in your work as a pharmacist? Please let us know by voting in today's AusPharm poll.

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How to post to AusPharmList using a nickname : 03/08/2011 :

'Listers told us in last week's poll that they'd like the option of posting to AusPharmList using a nickname rather than their real name. We said we'd give this a trial for a month.

A reminder that, until we tweak our backend and come up with a more elegant way to do this, people wanting to post using a nickname should either tick the 'Request moderator post this anonymously' box if posting at the website or simply request that we use your nickname rather than your real name if you're posting by email.

Our preference remains that people post using their real name and state their area of practice as well.

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Children in poorest areas have 70% more dental decay : 03/08/2011 :

Young children from the lowest socioeconomic areas have about 70% more dental decay than children from the highest socioeconomic areas, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Dental decay among Australian children, shows poorer oral health in disadvantaged areas across all states and territories (for which data were available) although the extent was varied.

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MedsCheck Reminder : 03/08/2011 :

Time is running out for those pharmacies who have been invited to register interest in the MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck Pilot. Registration of Interest closes this Sunday 7 August.

The pilot, funded under the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement, will run through a selection of community pharmacies representing a broad cross section of locations and demographics. The objective of the pilot is to test the proposed eligibility criteria and identify the likely numbers of patients who qualify for the services.

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Dabigtran (Pradaxa): NPS Radar Review : 03/08/2011 :

The latest issue of NPS RADAR provides an independent review of dabigatran (Pradaxa), an oral anticoagulant, for preventing stroke or systemic embolism in people with non-valvular atrial fibrillaton.

In Australia, dabigatran is currently only available on private prescription for this indication. Dabigatran is currently PBS listed for short-term prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism after hip or knee replacement surgery.

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 03/08/2011 :

AFL Round 19

AFL Round 19 was again friendly for tippers with 228 selecting all 7 winners. The result came down to cumulative margin with Kim Freeman being the weekly winner. In 2nd place was Michael Bark with  Samantha Waller from St
John of God Medical Clinic Pharmacy Subiaco in 3rd position.

NRL Round 21

NRL Round 21 was again tough for tippers with 7 from 8 being the best score. Margie Grant from CGHS had the best margin tip so is this week’s winner. In 2nd place was Janet Turcic with Andrew Kelly from Kippax Fair Pharmacy in 3rd position.

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Pharmacists' role in chronic illness management : 02/08/2011 :

According to media reports released this week, the number of Australians aged 65 and older is expected exceed  22 per cent by 2050. As a result, the role of pharmacists in helping to contain the cost of chronic illness has never been more important, according to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Treasury projections show health spending on people older than 65 is expected to increase sevenfold in the 40-year period, while spending on people over 85 will grow 12-fold.  On top of this, life expectancy has soared. From 1881 to 1890, life expectancy was 47.2 years, and 50.8 for women but has now risen to79.3 years for men and 83.9 years for women.

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MIMS Monthly Medicine Update : 02/08/2011 :

The MIMS August 2011 Monthly Medicine Update is now available. Click the link to read it now.

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Latest edition of Australian Prescriber out now : 02/08/2011 :

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

  • The workload of being a patient
  • Metabolic effects of antipsychotics
  • Managing atrial fibrillation
  • Pharmaceutical excipients

It also contains the most recent Medicines Safety Update.

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Union: pharmacists not getting leave loading. Guild: show us the proof : 02/08/2011 :

Employee pharmacist union, the Pharmacists' Division of APESMA (PDA) claims to have identified 80 examples of Australian pharmacists not being paid the annual leave loading stipulated in the Pharmacy Industry Award.

Jacki Baulch, Senior Industrial Officer for APESMA, has called on the Pharmacy Guild to help stamp out this and other illegal underpayments of pharmacists across the country.

"More and more evidence is piling up showing that pharmacists are being underpaid and undervalued by their employers," she said.

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UK GPs, pharmacists issue statement on collaboration : 01/08/2011 :

The UK Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) have published a joint statement detailing how GPs and community pharmacists can work together to improve patient care.

Breaking down the barriers – how community pharmacists and GPs can work together to improve patient care makes recommends much closer liaison between community pharmacists and general practitioners. The paper canvasses the changing role of the community pharmacist and the broadening role of the GP, and details how these changes can be harnessed and used for patient benefit.

Read the paper here. Read the associated 'supporting evidence' paper here.

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Medicines Australia launches new website for consumers : 01/08/2011 :

Peak pharma organisation Medicines Australia has launched a new website that seeks to raise consumer awareness of the industry’s contribution to the health and wealth of the nation. The website is at http://www.ausmedindustry.com.au/

Medicines Australia CEO Dr Brendan Shaw said the website is part of a broader initiative to explain to the public who the industry is and what it does.

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FAQs about accredited CPD for pharmacists : 01/08/2011 :

The Australian Pharmacy Liaison Forum, representing the key Australian pharmacy organisations has developed a set of  frequently asked questions to assist pharmacists to understand and recognise accredited CPD activities. The FAQs are underpinned by the Pharmacy Board of Australia CPD requirements.

The Board requires registered pharmacists to comply with its registration standard to complete 20 CPD credits for the 12 month period ending 30 September 2011. Requirements will increase to 30 CPD credits for the year ending 30 September 2012 and 40 CPD credits for the year ending 30 September 2013. CPD activities can be either accredited or non-accredited.

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Monash research acknowledged by Hillary Clinton, receives peer award : 01/08/2011 :

United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has acknowledged Monash University researchers for a life-saving new drug concept at the Saving Lives at Birth global challenge forum held last week in Washington DC.

Following the forum, at which Monash University researcher Dr Michelle McIntosh spoke, the research team received funding to engineer a drug that could save the lives of mothers of newborn children in developing countries. The project has the potential to dramatically reduce the number of women dying, approximately 150,000 women per year, at childbirth from postpartum hemorrhage.

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RGH E-Bulletin: Cancer care resources : 01/08/2011 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Cancer care resources.

"A number of resources and guidelines are available, relating to chemotherapy, management of symptoms of cancer and management of side effects related to treatment of cancer.

The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in cancer (MASCC) www.mascc.org produces a number of guidelines and tools for use in chemotherapy and radiotherapy patients.

EviQ Cancer Treatments Online www.eviq.org.au, the website maintained by the Cancer Institute NSW, contains chemotherapy protocols for the treatment of haematological and solid malignancies. A login and password is required at no cost.

The Opioid Equivalence Calculator is a useful addition to the EviQ website although it does not include a conversion table."

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

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Trial of 'nickname' posting to AusPharmList : 29/07/2011 :

Many thanks to the more than 300 'listers who voted in this week's poll. A clear majority voted to allow 'nickname' posting to AusPharmList with the 'yes' votes outnumbering the 'no' votes by well in excess of 2:1.

So we'll give it a trial for one month and see how it goes.

Until we tweak our IT to facilitate this, 'listers wanting to use a nickname to post can simply tick the 'Request moderator post this anonymously' box, include your chosen nickname at the bottom of your post and we'll do the rest.

Our preference, for reasons of transparency, remains that 'listers identify themselves and their credentials when they post.

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More orders from the Federal Court on Sensaslim : 29/07/2011 :

Sitting in Sydney on Wednesday, the Federal Court issued further orders in the the ACCC v Sensaslim case.

The Court has ordered that the Sensaslim company replace the entire content of the website at www.sensaslim.com.au with a statement describing the company's current legal problems including that it failed 'to disclose the involvement of Peter Foster in the business of Sensaslim' and falsely represented that "the Sensaslim Solution was the subject of a large worldwide clinical trial when in fact no such trial was conducted'.

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Ascent to distribute GSK products : 29/07/2011 :

Ascent Pharmaceuticals has announced an exclusive agreement with GlaxoSmithKline that will see Ascent promote and distribute sixteen of GSK’s brands via Ascent’s PharmAnnuity program and the CHS distribution network. This agreement with GSK follows the success of similar arrangements Ascent has with Pfizer and MSD.

Dennis Bastas, CEO and Managing Director of Ascent Pharmaceuticals said that by collaborating with the country’s largest branded pharmaceutical companies Ascent is able to help Australian pharmacy offset some of the losses caused by PBS reform.

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The use of social networking in practice - how to do it well : 29/07/2011 :

Senior Health Services Research Fellow in Medicine at Monash University, Greg Duncan, will present at PAC11 on the developments and opportunities created by this contemporary digital environment and also on identifying potential conflicts with a digital presence. Greg will also  discuss professional behaviour and  will make suggestions to prevent negative impacts while still allowing for as significant digital presence as an individual would like.
 
“Numerous reports exist describing job losses, student exclusion and more in the pharmacy setting alone because of what has been accessible via a personal Facebook or other site that either identifies and/or criticises patients, gives unprofessional (and often uncivil) criticism of employers or teaching staff, displays of 'unprofessional' behaviours in social settings and so on,” he says.

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