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Australian Pharmacy Council gets a new CEO : 31/08/2012 :

Ms Bronwyn Clark has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC), commencing November 2012.

Ms Clark’s previous role was as the Chief Executive and Registrar of the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand, with overall responsibility for the regulatory functions carried out by the PCNZ and general management of the organisation.

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Termination drugs go on the ARTG : 31/08/2012 :

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced yesterday that it has registered two drugs indicated for the medical termination of pregnancy, Mifepristone Linepharma (RU 486) and GyMiso® (misoprostol). The registration follows an application for registration of the medicines by reproductive health group Marie Stopes International Australia.

Mifepristone has been available in Australia since 2006 through the TGA Authorised Prescriber Scheme. With the drug now included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), medical termination, using this method, will now be more widely available.

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AusPharm CE: RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 50 : 30/08/2012 :

The next in our 2012 series of continuing education activities is the RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 50

This CE activity assesses your understanding of four recent RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletins (Volumes 46-10 - 47-1  --> June - July 2012).

After completing this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Discuss the clinical pharmacology of riluzole
  • Describe the characteristics of a COPD action plan
  • Understand clinical issues relating to the use of lactose containing medication products for those with lactose intolerance
  • Discuss the management of calciphylaxis.

This activity has been accredited for 1 group 2 CPD credits suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan. Accreditation number: A1208AP1.

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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PDL appoints first female director : 30/08/2012 :

South Australian pharmacist Lynnette Banner has been appointed as the South Australian PDL board director, taking from Peter Bayly who represented South Australian pharmacists on the PDL Board for the past four years and who, in turn, followed pharmacy legend Alan Russell. Ms Banner is PDL's first ever female director.

PDL Chairman Dean Schulze paid tribute to Ms Banner on her appointment, highlighting her record of achievement as a pharmacist.

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 30/08/2012 :

AFL - Round 22

Round 22 of the 2012 AFL season started off with the Tigers taking a win by 45 points over the Bombers, showing promise for next year’s season. Other matches for the round saw the Saints demolish the Giants at Etihad Stadium by a colossal 128 point margin, the Lions turning up the heat to defeat the Power by 11 points and Hawthorn clinching the win at the SCG defeating the Swans by a mere 7 points.

NRL - Round 25

Round 25 of the 2012 NRL season commenced with the Sea Eagles defeating the Broncos 16-6. Other games for the round saw the Raiders outplay the Bulldogs to secure the win 34-6 at Canberra Stadium, the Panthers defeat the Titans 36-22, and the Dragons defeat the NZ Warriors 38-6 at WIN Stadium.

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New NPS therapeutic program: Type 2 diabetes: priorities and targets : 30/08/2012 :

The latest therapeutic program from NPS MedicineWise — Type 2 diabetes: priorities and targets — encourages health professionals to take a holistic approach when caring for  patients with type 2 diabetes and to address blood pressure and lipids as a priority.

Having type 2 diabetes more than doubles a person’s risk of dying from cardiovascular (CV) causes. Tight control of blood glucose helps prevent CV events in the long term in people who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. However lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol has a more immediate effect in reducing cardiovascular risk in the short term (3-5 years).

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July PBS numbers released : 29/08/2012 :

PBS statistics for July 2012 were released yesterday by Medicare Australia.

They show decreases in both script numbers (-9.9%) and dollars (-12.2%) compared to July 2011.

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National Student Business Plan 2012 finalists announced : 29/08/2012 :

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s National Student Business Plan Competition, an Australia-wide challenge promoting creative entrepreneurship among students preparing for a career in community pharmacy, has announced the 2012 finalists.
 
The three teams who successfully progressed through the business plan, quarter-final and semi-final rounds are...

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Rural interns to get a training allowance : 29/08/2012 :

Around 200 young pharmacists working in rural Australia will benefit from a new training allowance funded under the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement.
 
The Rural Intern Training Allowance (RITA) will provide financial support to assist intern pharmacists from rural and remote areas to access compulsory intern training program activities.

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Poll: Practising pharmacy will be more professionally satisfying in 10 years time, in 2022, than it is now : 29/08/2012 :

Last week's AusPharm poll looked at pharmacist professional satisfaction in 2012 compared to the expectation expressed in 2002, 10 years earlier. It found that our 2002 pharmacists were overly optimistic about the 2012 pharmacy landscape.

How do you think things will be in 2022? Please let us know by voting in today's AusPharm poll.

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Vampire Cup on again in 2012 : 28/08/2012 :

The National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) yesterday launched its 2012 Vampire Cup competition. The competition will run until Sunday October 7th.

The Cup sees all sixteen of NAPSA’s branches looking to be the branch with the biggest percentage of its members donating blood during the six week period.

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Cancer drugs account for most new approvals : 27/08/2012 :

Cancer treatments accounted for 115 of the 795 medicines approved for use in Australia over the last decade, according to a Medicines Australia report, Medicines Milestones: a decade of persistence, prevention and promise, released yesterday. Of the 795 medicines approved, one in four was a newly discovered molecule.

The report looked in part at approvals in relation to the Commonwealth’s stated National Health Priorities.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Crushing solid oral medicines : 27/08/2012 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Crushing solid oral medicines.

"There is a 40-50% prevalence of dysphagia among elderly people in residential aged care facilities. Age related, or drug-induced xerostomia may be a cause of difficulty swallowing along with medical conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and motor neurone disease. Crushing tablets or opening capsules in order to assist a patient with swallowing difficulties appears to be a widespread practice. There may be times when tablets will need to be crushed in order to deliver essential drug therapy; but this should only be done as a last resort.

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

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PDL honours pharmacy 'living legends' Coppock and Russell : 27/08/2012 :

Two living legends of Australian Pharmacy, John Coppock and Alan Russell, were been honoured at a recent dinner held by Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (PDL) in Melbourne as part of the organisation’s Centenary celebrations.

Immediate past chairman of PDL John Coppock was awarded the first Alan Russell Medal – established as the highest award that can be given for service to PDL in honour of Alan Russell’s achievements, which include serving as a director and deputy chairman of PDL from 1984 until 2008.

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Two statin therapeutic classes to remain : 27/08/2012 :

Late on Friday the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) published the results of its statin 'cost effectiveness' review, recommending the continuation of the two existing statin therapeutic groups.

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Australian researchers feature in August IJPP : 27/08/2012 :

Two Australian studies, one from Tasmanian researchers and another from Sydney University and Charles Sturt University researchers, have been published in the August issue of the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice.

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2002 pharmacists fail to predict the 2012 landscape : 24/08/2012 :

This week's AusPharm poll asked 'listers whether they think pharmacy practice is more professionally satisfying today, in 2012, than 10 years ago, in 2002.

Well, no, was the response.

67% of respondents think things were better in 2002. By comparison, in 2002, only 36% of respondents thought that would be the case. Admitedly the 2002 poll had a much smaller sample.

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Working on pharmacy workforce planning in the UK : 24/08/2012 :

The factors leading to the pursuit of a career as a pharmacist have changed markedly in recent years. The nature of emerging pharmacists will no doubt reflect this relative to their predecessors, many of whom could confidently anticipate, upon qualifying, an assured job, growing income, and the respect of the community they were seen to serve. These factors are no longer a given, although a pharmacy degree can perhaps still be perceived as offering an edge over a general science degree in leading to a relatively clear vocation.

The over-supply of pharmacists and lack of jobs for pharmacy graduates are also being seen in the UK, where student debt is a substantial burden post-graduation. According to a recent C+D article, "as the class of 2012 emerges, figures reveal that almost one in 10 of their immediate predecessors are unemployed, with one in five working part time."

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 24/08/2012 :

AFL - Round 21

Round 21 of the 2012 AFL season started off with the Saints and the Cats, in an intense match up it was the Cats who took the win by a convincing 42 points. Other matches for the week saw the Blues demolish the Dons at the MCG by a colossal 96 points, the Demons giving it their all to defeat the Giants by 25 points and Fremantle turning up the heat to defeat the Tigers by 22 points at Paterson's Stadium

NRL - Round 24

Round 24 of the 2012 NRL season commenced with the Storm narrowly defeating the Broncos 19-18. Other games for the round saw the Bulldogs just defeat the West Tigers in another close encounter for the round 23-22 at AAZ Stadium, the Raiders defeating the Roosters 24-20 and the Sharks defeating the Rabbitohs 20-7 at Toyota Stadium.

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September 1 PBS schedule : 24/08/2012 :

The September PBS Schedule is now available.

Download the Full PBS schedule

Download the PBS Summary of changes

Download the Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy – S100 Arrangements Supplement

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