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Poll: how does the pharmacy you work in you document / record Professional Services? : 17/02/2016 :

Community pharmacy practice in Australia has been changing in recent years with the focus slowly moving away from supply towards the delivery of 'professional' services.

Many such services are now remunerated under the terms of the 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement.

How does the pharmacy you work in record the clinical / professional services it provides so you can be paid?

Please let us know by ticking the relevant box in today's AusPharm poll.

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Applications closing this week for NMS 2016 Asia-Pacific Scholarship : 17/02/2016 :

Applications close this Friday (19 February) for the ‘quality use of medicines’ scholarship which allows a health academic, health worker or policy maker from the Asia-Pacific region to travel to Australia to attend the National Medicines Symposium (NMS) 2016 in Canberra, Australia in May.

The ninth biennial NMS has the theme ‘Making wise decisions about medicines, tests and technologies: co-designing policy, practice and priorities’.

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It was 20 years ago today .... : 15/02/2016 :

The note below was posted to AusPharmList on 15 February 1996.

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Pharmacists set to give first flu vaccinations in Tasmania : 15/02/2016 :

The first pharmacists have undergone immunisation training in Tasmania to enable them to provide vaccinations for the coming flu season.

In a win for pharmacists and the community, the Tasmanian Government last week reformed health regulations to enable trained pharmacists to administer flu vaccines in approved sites across Tasmania.

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LiveLife Pharmacy Noosa Fair, QLD Jan GuildCare Pharmacy of the Month : 15/02/2016 :

The LiveLife Pharmacy from Noosa Fair, QLD is the January 2016 GuildCare Pharmacy of the Month.

The store's pharmacists said they are delighted to win the award as it is recognition of the work and new processes they have put in place over the past months.

"As a team we have focused on having an ‘Optimal Care pharmacist’ located at the back counter, availing themselves to all customers," said managing partner Andrew Feichter.

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APC releases new practice exam papers : 15/02/2016 :

The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) has released of two new practice papers - for the APC Intern Written Examination and Competency Assessment of Overseas Pharmacist Examination (CAOP).

The papers can provide candidates with the opportunity to see the format and content of the examination questions and can be used as timed exercises for candidates to work on their time management for the examination.

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Chemmart supports Variety : 12/02/2016 :

Last Christmas, more than 5000 teddy bears were given to sick, disadvantaged and special needs children as part of Chemmart’s support for Variety – the Children’s Charity.

Chemmart stores throughout Australia sold Christmas-themed bears during November and encouraged customers to place them in donation bins in store.

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New diet / exercise program effective in type 2 diabetes : 12/02/2016 :

Adelaide researchers have developed a diet and exercise program which appears to be effective in reducing some of the health issues associated with type 2 diabetes.

The diet, incorporating an eating pattern that is very low in carbohydrates and higher in protein and unsaturated fats, produced an average 40 per cent reduction in medication levels in the participants in a recent trial.

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Pharmacists slow to embrace CPD plans : 12/02/2016 :

Only 15% of the respondents to this week's AusPharm poll have developed a CPD plan for the year, as required by the Pharmacy Board Continuing Professional Development Registration Standard and Guidelines .

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Irwin's excited for APP2016 : 11/02/2016 :

One of the top three creative entries in the APP2016 video competition was this one from Irwin Lowe.

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Guild: co-payment discount applied selectively : 11/02/2016 :

Even pharmacies in banner groups with a policy of applying the PBS co-payment discount are opting to apply this policy selectively says the Pharmacy Guild.

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PSA: Medicinal cannabis Bill an important first step : 11/02/2016 :

A Bill to establish a national licensing and compliance scheme for medicinal cannabis has been welcomed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) as an important first step to allow for the safe and appropriate therapeutic use of cannabis.

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Federal Health Minister to speak at APP2016 : 10/02/2016 :

The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health, will be presenting a keynote address at the Pharmacy Guild's annual conference, APP2016, on Thursday 17 March.

APP Chairman, Kos Sclavos said that, given this is a Federal Election year, APP provides a timely opportunity for pharmacists to hear from the Federal Minister for Health and to hear the Coalition’s view on community pharmacy.  

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Poll: have you developed your 2016 CPD plan? : 10/02/2016 :

December 2015 changes to the Pharmacy Board Continuing Professional Development Registration Standard and Guidelines require all pharmacists to develop a Continuing Professional Development plan (CPD plan).

The plan should detail the activities pharmacists intend to undertake to meet their identified professional development needs and be regularly reviewed and amended if required 'to ensure that their needs are being met and to incorporate additional needs which evolve'.

Have you prepared your 2016 CPD plan? Please let us know by ticking the relevant box in today's AusPharm poll.

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ASMI's 2016 pre-Budget submission urges regulatory reforms 'to incentivise investment and innovation' : 10/02/2016 :

In its 2016 pre-Budget Submission, publicly released yesterday, peak body for the Australian non-prescription medicine manufacturers, the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI), proposes three regulatory reforms it says will 'incentivise investment and innovation in the non-prescription medicines sector and increase consumer access to medicines'.

ASMI Chief Executive Officer, Deon Schoombie, said: “The non-prescription medicines sector (over-the-counter and complementary medicines) requires a regulatory framework balancing consumer protection with an operating environment that incentivises R&D, and investment in new products and services, local manufacturing, and employment and export growth."

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Pharmacist fights back on ‘vested interest’ MAS claims : 10/02/2016 :

Victorian community pharmacist Jarrod McMaugh has responded to medical claims published in a recent MJA Insight that a proposal for a pharmacy-based Minor Ailments Scheme (MAS) 'should be seen for what it is - a push by the pharmaceutical industry and pharmacy business to increase drug sales under the guise of health innovation'.

According to article author, GP Dr Evan Ackermann 'Despite availability (in Canada and the UK) for years, there is a paucity of high-quality evidence supporting or evaluating MAS programs'.

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PSA: better utilisation of pharmacists can provide cost-effective healthcare solutions : 09/02/2016 :

Integrating pharmacists into general practice clinics and better utilising the role of pharmacists in healthcare reform are cost-effective, sustainable solutions the Federal Government should consider for its May Budget, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) said yesterday.

These initiatives as well as introducing a national real-time recording and reporting system for certain medicines are part of the PSA’s 2016-17 pre-Budget submission, highlighting the role pharmacists can play in national healthcare reform.

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Australian complementary medicines industry can create 'business growth, local jobs and global success : 09/02/2016 :

Also lodging a pre-budget submission recently was peak complementary medicines body, Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA), highlighting its view that the Australian complementary medicines industry aligns with the goals of the National Innovation and Science Agenda and the Federal Government 'to support smart ideas, create business growth, local jobs and global success'.

Mr Carl Gibson, chief executive officer of CMA, said: “the Australian complementary medicines industry contributes to high-skill jobs, innovation rich local manufacturing, higher degrees and high level research, and the growth of quality Australian exports.”

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Demand for vaccination training soars : 08/02/2016 :

Demand for pharmacist immunisation training has soared across Australia, according to the latest vaccination education statistics from the PSA.

Around 1260 pharmacists registered for PSA training from the middle of 2014 to February 1, 2016, in the wake of recent legislative changes in several states, most recently in Tasmania, enabling pharmacists to deliver immunisation services in pharmacies and, in some cases, elsewhere.

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PPI's further down-scheduled : 08/02/2016 :

From 1 June this year lansoprazole, omeprazole and rabeprazole will likely be down-scheduled from Schedule 3 to Schedule 2 for the relief of heartburn and other symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, in packs containing not more than 7 days' supply. The drugs will join esomeprazole in Schedule 2 (same indications and pack size).

The interim decision to down-schedule was made by the scheduling delegate following the November meeting of the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling.

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