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Today is World Pharmacists Day : 25/09/2015 :

Today is World Pharmacists Day - a day on which the world's pharmacists are encouraged to organise activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world.

To mark the occasion the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has launched a campaign letting the community know of the great work that pharmacists do and that Members of the PSA (MPS) are committed to excellence in pharmacist care.

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Violence, intimidation, threats part of pharmacy life : 25/09/2015 :

Violence, intimidation and threats are part of life for many pharmacists according to the results of this week's AusPharm poll (n=133).

57% of respondents told us they have been  have been threatened and/or intimidated and/or assaulted and/or held-up by a customer in the last 12 months with about a third of this group (18% of total respondents) experiencing a 'high level' incident.

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AusPharm CE: Hypertension Management - an update : 24/09/2015 :

The next AusPharm CPD topic for 2015 is Hypertension Management – an update - it's been put together for us by Angus Thomson.

This activity has been accredited for 1 hour of Group 1 CPD (or 1 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan which can be converted to 1 hour of Group 2 CPD (or 2 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities. Accreditation number: A1510AP0.

AusPharm gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided by the sponsors of our Continuing Education program, MIMS.

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Webstercare and NPS MedicineWise collaborate on RACF antibiotic use : 24/09/2015 :

NPS MedicineWise and Webstercare have launched a new Medicinewise Report to assist in the review of use of antibiotics for urinary tract infections (UTIs) in residential aged care facilities (RACFs).

The RACF Medicinewise Report is free to access via pharmacies from the Webstercare Medication Management Software and enables RACFs to identify patterns of medicine use.

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Poll: have you experienced violence at work? : 23/09/2015 :

In his article Bulletproof yesterday Irwin Lowe cited a Uni lecturer's comment that it was 'statistically likely we would be held-up in an armed robbery at least once in our professional lives'.

While this fate was spared AusPharm in our 'shop' days we did experience threats and low level violence. How about you? Have you been held up? Threatened? Abused?

Please let us know by voting in today's AusPharm poll.

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Widespread dissatisfaction with medicine approval / listing processes : 23/09/2015 :

A new PwC report released today - Challenges and Change - a report on the Australian pharmaceutical industry - reveals widespread dissatisfaction amongst pharma companies with the Australian regulatory framework for medicine approvals and PBS listing.

The report is based on a survey that canvassed the views of representatives from 23 organisations including industry bodies and pharmaceutical companies. More than 50 per cent of companies surveyed had annual turnovers in Australia of more than $100 million.

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FDA looking a tramadol use in children : 23/09/2015 :

The US FDA announced yesterday that it is investigating the use of tramadol in children aged 17 years and younger, because of the rare but serious risk of slowed or difficult breathing.

This risk, says FDA, is a consequence of some children being 'ultra-rapid metabolisers' who convert tramadol to its metabolite O-desmethyltramadol more effectively and/or completely than normal and may be increased in children treated with tramadol for pain after surgery to remove their tonsils and/or adenoids.

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New homeopathy Position Statement : 23/09/2015 :

The Australian Pharmacy Liaison Forum (APLF) - a group representing the peak professional bodies for pharmacy - yesterday published a Position Statement (see below) on homeopathy which says pharmacists should not 'recommend or support the sale of homeopathic treatments'.

APLF says it supports the findings of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) that homeopathy is not effective in treating health conditions.

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Sydney pharmacy dynasty establishes pharmacy scholarship : 23/09/2015 :

Sydney pharmacy family the Cincottas have established a scholarship in perpetuity at Sydney University that the family hopes will afford pharmacy students the time to focus on their studies and the freedom to participate more broadly in campus life.

Three generations of the family studied pharmacy at the University of Sydney, and now share the same workplace.

Albert (Umberto) Cincotta - after whom the Umberto Cincotta Scholarship in Pharmacy is named - attained a Materia Medica (Pharmacol) in 1951; Albert's son, Joseph, graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1980; and Joseph's daughter, Alexa, completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2014. All three now work together in the Campsie branch of Cincotta Chemist.

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Chemist Warehouse to establish Chinese online store : 23/09/2015 :

Chemist Warehouse has struck a deal with Chinese company Alibaba to host an e-commerce site so the company can sell direct to China.

The deal will enable the company to commence selling products on Alibaba’s Tmall site. Tmall Global is a business to consumer site for retailers selling directly to consumers in China.

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Sad end to search for missing Queensland pharmacist : 22/09/2015 :

The body of a woman, believed to be that of missing Queensland pharmacist Belinda Lee, has been found in Lamington National Park, in south-east Queensland.

Ms Lee was last seen leaving her Nerang pharmacy early last Wednesday morning. Preliminary police investigations suggest there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

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New federal ministers welcomed : 22/09/2015 :

The re-appointment by new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of the Hon Sussan Ley as Minister for Health, and the announcements of Senator the Hon Fiona Nash as Minster for Rural Health and Mr Ken Wyatt AM as Assistant Minister for Health have been welcomed by a range of pharmacy and other health groups.

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia President, Joe Demarte, said the health portfolio had been given prominence in the Ministry and was now one of the strongest the sector had seen.

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2014/15 PBS spending less than in 2013/14 : 22/09/2015 :

The publication of Final Budget Outcomes for 2014/15 reveals that PBS spending in 2014/15 was actually lower by $29 million than in 2013/14.

The final 2014/15 outcome of $10.322 billion for 'Pharmaceutical benefits and services' was $2.56 billion below the original May 2011 forecast and $285 million below the budget forecast in May this year.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Contraception in women with a history of migraine : 21/09/2015 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Contraception in women with a history of migraine.

"A recent E-Bulletin discussed the World Health Organization (WHO) “Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use”. The 5th edition of the WHO document was recently published. To view the updates for the full document, the executive summary and the medical eligibility criteria wheel for contraceptive use, see the following link: http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/family_planning/en/ A quick reference chart can be found at the following link: http://www.fhi360.org/sites/default/files/media/documents/chartmedical-eligibility-contraceptives-english.pdf When considering the choice of a contraceptive method, one of the important considerations is whether the woman has a history of migraine with or without aura. This will influence the decision as to which contraceptive method may be used."

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

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Senate committee recommends comprehensive review of medicines access in Australia : 21/09/2015 :

A Senate committee inquiring into the 'Availability of new, innovative and specialist cancer drugs in Australia' has recommended 'a comprehensive review of the system for the registration and subsidisation of medicines' in Australia be initiated.

The Senate's Standing Committees on Community Affairs specified a number of specific issues that should be included in the review including the possibility of Australian regulatory agencies accepting assessments made by 'comparable overseas regulators' and that engagement with manufacturers and consumers be enhanced.

The Committee acknowledged that for many cancer patients access to new and innovative treatments comes at significant personal and financial cost.

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Tassie students come out on top : 21/09/2015 :

A team of pharmacy students from the University of Tasmania are the winners of this year’s Pharmacy Guild of Australia National Student Business Plan Competition.

The team of Chanelle Rolls, Lauren Haworth, Mark Jones and Jenna Leighton won with their imaginary “Vitality Pharmacy” which aimed to provide the missing link in primary health care services in their Hobart region, where 20% of the population has no access to a vehicle.

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5CPA Consumer survey finds high levels of satisfaction with community pharmacy : 18/09/2015 :

A consumer survey funded by the Department of Health as part of the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement Research and Development program has found high levels of satisfaction and reliance on community pharmacies.

Included in the findings were that half of all participants had visited a pharmacy in the preceding week and that 90% were satisfied with the interaction they had with their pharmacist (based on the last three visits to the pharmacy), with satisfaction shown to increase with age, and higher among females and those taking one or more medicines.

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PSA seeks consensus to promote understanding of biosimilars : 18/09/2015 :

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia says it believes a consensus Australian document on terminology and definitions relating to biological medicines, including biosimilar medicines, should be developed as a priority to promote accurate and common understanding of the subject.

In its Biosimilar medicines position statement, released yesterday, PSA says patient safety is a prime concern of the pharmacy profession and risk assessment in relation to biosimilars includes assessment of safety and efficacy by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, consideration by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, and clinical assessment by the prescriber.

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Innovation the key : 18/09/2015 :

The keynote speaker at this year’s Pharmacy Business Network conference - now underway in Melbourne - Dr Kia Pajouhesh, yesterday delivered a clear and loud message for the pharmacy sector: innovation is the solution.

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Pharmacists tend to 'soldier on' : 18/09/2015 :

The results of this week's AusPharm poll show that, when sick with a cold, most pharmacists tend to go to work anyway.

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