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Lyme Disease Appeal 2011 : 18/07/2011 :

Pharmacists Australia-wide have an opportunity to play an important role in educating the public on Lyme disease and also assisting Lyme disease patients in understanding a very complex disease by taking part in the Lyme Disease Appeal 2011.

Donations raised during the appeal will go towards establishing a Lyme disease research facility at the University of Sydney.

The appeal runs from Setember 1-30.

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QUT wins Student Business Plan prize : 18/07/2011 :

A team of four pharmacy students from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has won the 2011 National Student Business Plan Competition.

The winning team of Sarah O’Dwyer-Mazur, Walter Maguire, Sara Budd and Seamus McWhirter edged out teams from the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland.

The three finalists pitched their business plans to delegates at the Guild’s Pharmacy Women’s Congress in Cairns over the weekend.

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RGH E-Bulletin: Inhaled anticholinergics and risk of acute urinary retention : 18/07/2011 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Inhaled anticholinergics and risk of acute urinary retention.

"Ipratropium bromide (Atrovent®, Ipravent®, Ipratrin®, Aeron®) and tiotropium bromide (Spiriva®) are inhaled anticholinergic (IAC) bronchodilators commonly used in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These agents act as antagonists of muscarinic receptors located in airway smooth muscle.
In clinical trials of tiotropium the most commonly reported adverse effect has been dry mouth, which occurred in 10-16% of patients. The product information for IACs advises that they should be used with caution in patients with prostatic hypertrophy or bladder neck obstruction."

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

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Peter Foster named in new ACCC case against Sensaslim : 18/07/2011 :

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launched a new action on Friday against dietary aid company Sensaslim and a number of individuals alleged to be connected to the company (Federal Court link).

Named as a co-respondent in the 'Misleading or Deceptive Conduct' action is Peter Clarence Foster. Presumably this is the same Peter Clarence Foster who has been convicted and jailed on three continents for offences involving weight loss products and property transactions.

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Majority of pharmacists oppose government's carbon strategy : 15/07/2011 :

In commmon with ordinary Australians (eg a News Ltd poll with 75,000 respondents), a majority of pharmacists responding to this week's AusPharm poll told us that they do not support the carbon tax blueprint announced by Prime Minister Gillard on Sunday.

While it remains to be seen what effect the proposed carbon tax has on pharmacy, it is likely to be relatively minor - just another cost of doing business.

We disallowed AusPharmList posts on this week's poll unless they were 'pharmacy related' (which they weren't) but we'll happily accept (encourage) pharmacy related comments on the carbon tax.

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Pfizer extends order cut off times : 15/07/2011 :

Pfizer Australia has announced that, commencing next Monday, it will be extending the cut off times for its Pfizer Direct orders.

For products on the critical products list and for electronic orders the cut off time for next day delivery will be 3PM and for telephone / faxed orders 2PM.

Orfers for products from the critical products list must be placed with Pfizer Customer Service on 1800 999 543. Electronic orders are defined as those submitted via the PharmX website or the DHL iStore.

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ASMI appoints new Marketing & Business Development Director : 15/07/2011 :

The Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI) yesterday announced the appointment of Ms Filomena Maiese as its new Marketing & Business Development Director.

Ms Maiese has spent the last 15 years within the consumer healthcare industry, working for Warner Lambert Consumer Healthcare, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and, more recently, heading the over-the-counter (OTC) division of Johnson & Johnson Pacific as Franchise Director.

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CSO wholesalers launch next phase of anti exclusive supply campaign : 15/07/2011 :

The CSO wholesalers have launched the next phase of their campaign to get the government to outlaw exclusive supply arrangements for PBS medicines.

Responding to Pfizer's decision to bypass the wholesalers and supply direct to pharmacy, the wholesalers are encouraging pharmacists to help them raise awareness of the health implications caused by the exclusive supply arrangement to their pharmacies and patients.

Pharmacists have been asked to invite customers to sign a petition to the House of Representatives as prescriptions are filled and direct them to the No Monopoly on the Supply of Medicines to Your Pharmacy website.

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Union bites back : 15/07/2011 :

Following Wednesday's argy bargy between the Guild and employee pharmacist union, PDA, over whether or not pharmacy interns were being paid under award wages, the union yesterday confirmed that it had discovered many cases of under award payments and would be taking these matters to court "when the time is right".
 
APESMA's Senior Industrial Officer, Jacki Baulch said that instead of warning pharmacy owners not to underpay their staff the Pharmacy Guild had decided to stick its head in the sand and pretend that underpayments were not happening.

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NAPSA elects new Council : 14/07/2011 :

A new National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) council for 2011-12 was elected at the NAPSA Annual General Meeting held last weekend in Canberra.

The new National President is Timothy Mizzi (Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga). Stacey Gough (Curtin University of Technology, Perth) was elected Vice President, Arron Sparkes (University of Queensland, Brisbane) was elected Secretary and and Ezekiel Steindl (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane) was elected Treasurer.

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PSA and NAPSA sign MoU : 14/07/2011 :

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the National Australian Pharmacy Students' Association have this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of helping the body representing students grow and develop.

Under the MoU, PSA will assist the NAPSA Executive in the efficient administration of the organisation as well as providing access to a wide range of PSA products and services. National President of the PSA, Warwick Plunkett, welcomed the MoU as another example of PSA’s commitment to the profession.

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Guild: union should apologise : 14/07/2011 :

The Pharmacy Guild says pharmacist employee union, the Pharmacist's Division of APESMA (PDA), should apologise for false and misleading comments it made yesterday on pay rates for pharmacy interns.

PDA accused community pharmacists of “illegally” paying more than half of Australia’s interns less than the award rates under the Pharmacy Industry Award 2010. According to the Guild the claims are untrue.

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PPI fact sheets now available : 13/07/2011 :

Fact sheets, providing more detail about the six Pharmacy Practice Incentive Program priority areas, are available on the 5th Community Pharmacy Agreement website.

The new fact sheets cover DAAs, Clinical Interventions, Staged Supply, Primary Health Care, Community Service Support and Working with Others. 

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 13/07/2011 :

AFL Round 16

AFL Round 16 saw 7 tippers select all the 7 winners. Craig Keating also tipped the perfect margin and is this week’s winner.  Steven 'Morgs' Morgan was in 2nd place with Cathy Spagnolo from Torrens Road Gordon in 3rd position.


NRL Round 18

NRL Round 18 saw 3 tippers select the 7 game winners. Steven 'Morgs' Morgan had the best margin and is this week’s winner. In 2nd place was Elias Wehbe from Chemist Warehouse with Rob Ryan of Torrens Road Gordon in 3rd position.

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Poll: do pharmacists support the carbon tax? : 13/07/2011 :

Prime Minister Gillard announced on Sunday some of the details of the carbon tax that will be introduced in Australia on July 1 2012.

Polling done since the announcement suggests that many Australians oppose the tax.

What do pharmacists think? Do you support the government's strategy on carbon? Please let us know by voting in this week's AusPharm poll.

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New Translation and Interpreting Service for Aged Care Residents : 12/07/2011 :

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler announced today that translation services and on-site interpreters will be available to older Australians in aged care facilities who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

There are currently almost 30,000 culturally and linguistically diverse residents in aged care homes.

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Anonymous tips and rumours - generic company to replace Pfi*er rebate stock : 12/07/2011 :

Got something you'd like to share anonymously with the AusPharm community? Send it along and we'll have a look.

"Deep Coat has an unconfirmed rumour, that in order to retain a pharmacy's generic account, any Pfi*er generics purchased with rebate dollars will be swapped over by said generic company."

We've had two sources name the same generic company.

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Sensaslim v Harvey drags on : 12/07/2011 :

The defamation case brought by 'dietary aid' company Sensaslim again public health advocate Dr Ken Harvey, following comments made by him critical of the company, came up for mention again yesterday in the Supreme Court of NSW.

At a previous hearing, it was agreed that the Sensaslim company had until July 1 to lodge an amended writ following the striking out of the original writ on the basis of numerous flaws. As nothing was received by the Court by the due date, Dr Harvey's lawyer's were intending to argue for the the case to be thrown out at yesterday's hearing.

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Monash gets state of the art analytical facility : 12/07/2011 :

The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences yesterday opened a new a state-of-the-art analytical facility at the Monash Universiry Parkville campus. The facility is the result of a five-year strategic partnership between the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Shimadzu.

The newly-renovated laboratory will add to the faculty’s suite of innovative technologies and visionary learning spaces. Its design has been driven by pedagogy and the specific needs of pharmaceutical science students, with theory-only lectures replaced by practical learning and hands on tutorials.

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College, NAPSA sign MoU : 12/07/2011 :

The National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) and the Australian College of Pharmacy yesterday announces an agreement between the organisations, in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the College acting as Secretariat and providing corporate support for NAPSA.

Signed by NAPSA President, Ashleigh Coome, College President, Trent Twomey and College CEO, John Chapman, the agreement marks the beginning of a partnership which will ensure NAPSA’s sustainability for many years to come.

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