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October 2015 PBS schedule : 17/09/2015 :

Download the PBS schedule Summary of Changes

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Download the PBS Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy Summary of Changes

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Pharmacy practice review on chronic pain : 17/09/2015 :

Earn 8 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 16 CPD credits) As a pharmacist you’re ideally placed to support the management of chronic non-cancer pain – a condition that affects around 20% of Australian adults. However, patients may not fully understand how you can help.

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New study points to lower BP targets : 17/09/2015 :

New research has concluded that more intensive management of high blood pressure in over 50s, below current blood pressure targets, significantly reduces rates of cardiovascular disease, and lowers the risk of death.

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Paroxetine 'misrepresented as safe for adolescents' : 17/09/2015 :

A University of Adelaide-led study has found that a psychiatric drug claimed to be a safe and effective treatment for depression in adolescents is actually ineffective and associated with serious side effects.

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Poll: do you 'soldier on' when you have a cold? : 16/09/2015 :

In a post to AusPharmList earlier this week Peter Allen wrote: 'Soldiering on' and going to work contagious is not cool anymore -- making co-workers sick, no thank you.

Traditionally pharmacists do soldier on, particularly those working in community pharmacies as the pharmacies may not be able to open if they don't.

What do you do when you have a cold (and therefore may infect others)? Stay home or go to work anyway? Please let us know by voting in today's AusPharm poll.

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Be Aware, live healthy and get checked : 16/09/2015 :

This week Australians are being urged to Be Aware, live healthy and get checked as part of National Stroke Week.

National Stroke Foundation CEO Dr Erin Lalor said Stroke Week was an opportunity for all Australians to take the challenge and learn how they can reduce their risk of stroke.

National Stroke Week is all about bringing people together to have fun and raise awareness about preventing stroke,” Dr Lalor said.

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MedAdvisor strikes a deal with Apotex : 16/09/2015 :

MedAdvisor has teamed up with Apotex Australia in a deal that will see the company have access to Apotex’s pharmacy sales channels in Australia.
 
MedAdvisor has also entered a new services agreement with Guildlink under which Guildlink will continue to host the MedAdvisor Platform in its GuildCare Console as well as providing MedAdvisor with continued support and maintenance services.

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International statements for hospital pharmacy revised : 15/09/2015 :

Global standards of practice used by hospital pharmacists around the world have been revised and were published last week by the Hospital Pharmacy Section (HPS) of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

The standards, known as the "Basel Statements” were first published by the HPS in 2009 and cover six main areas of hospital pharmacy.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Varenicline and neuropsychiatric adverse effects: an update : 14/09/2015 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Varenicline and neuropsychiatric adverse effects: an update.

"Varenicline is a selective α4β2 nicotine acetylcholine receptor partial agonist indicated as an aid to stopping cigarette smoking. It reduces withdrawal symptoms from nicotine dependence and the pleasurable effects of smoking. In terms of comparative efficacy compared against other agents for nicotine dependence, a Cochrane systematic review from 2013 found that varenicline more than doubled the chances of quitting compared with placebo, so that for every 10 who quit with placebo about 28 could be expected to quit with varenicline (compared to 18 expected to quit with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or with bupropion)."

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

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Peak body pushes for new Hep C drugs to be PBS listed : 14/09/2015 :

Citing new data from the Kirby Institute, Hepatitis Australia, is continuing its push to have new and expensive hepatitis C treatments PBS listed.

The data reveals the number of Australians living with hepatitis C-related severe liver disease more than doubled in ten years (from 18,582 to 44,730) – 2,800 in 2014 alone. The analysis shows that hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver transplantation in Australia and accounted for an estimated 690 deaths in 2014 – a 146 per cent increase in deaths over a ten year period.

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UQ research shows PPIs presents fracture risk to older women : 14/09/2015 :

University of Queensland (UQ) researchers are urging caution in prescribing proton pump inhibitors, citing links to increased fracture risks in older Australian women.

Professor Susan Tett from the School of Pharmacy – one of three UQ schools involved in the study – said the results had particular relevance for Australia’s older female population.

“Use of PPIs in women aged 77 and over was associated with increased risk of poor bone health,” Professor Tett said.

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PSA: pharmacists can advise on CAMs : 11/09/2015 :

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia yesterday published a Complementary medicines position statement recognising that complementary medicines may have a role in the management or treatment of some conditions and that pharmacists are ideally placed to help consumers make informed decisions on their use.

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Sigma travelling well : 11/09/2015 :

The Sigma company has reported an 11.5% increase in sales for the six months to 31 July 2015 (to $1.67 billion) with growth in non-PBS revenue being 'a significant contributor' to a 23.5 increase in underlying earnings (before income tax) to $41.3 million.

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First Chemplus to TWC conversion complete : 11/09/2015 :

Terry White Group co-founder and chairman, Terry White, yesterday cut the ribbon on the first conversion of a Chemplus pharmacy to the Terry White Chemists brand – Terry White Chemists Hilton, SA.

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Pharmacist wages stagnant : 11/09/2015 :

New data from employee pharmacist union Professional Pharmacists Australia (PPA) confirms that average employee pharmacist wages are at the same level now as a decade ago.

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Facebook commonly used by 'listers, Twitter less so : 11/09/2015 :

No great surprises in this week's poll result which reveals that 2/3 of AusPharmlisters use Facebook either 'a bit' or 'a lot' but only 17%, or about one in six, have taken to Twitter.

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Evidence for Complementary Medicines - What’s the truth? : 10/09/2015 :

There is much debate about the evidence for claims made about complementary medicines. International expert in complementary medicines, Dr Mary Hardy, pictured at right, will shed light on the debate in her plenary session at the Australian Self-Medication Industry's (ASMI) Conference on 11 November 2015.

“In Australia and globally, the key question being posed for complementary medicines is ‘what does the evidence say?’”, said Dr Hardy. “A straight-forward enough question, but one that has many dimensions to it and generates many points of view and opinions, some valid, some questionable.”

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Drug misuse: how to spot the warning signals : 09/09/2015 :

NPS MedicineWise have developed a new online learning course, Drug misuse: implications for pharmacists as part of the implementation of the National Drug Misuse Framework for Action.

This free Group 2 CPD accredited activity focuses on pharmaceutical opioids, including over-the-counter codeine-containing preparations and benzodiazepines – medicines that are responsible for more hospitalizations than illicit drugs and are the primary cause of people requiring treatment programs.

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Poll: are you a Facebook / Twitter user? : 09/09/2015 :

The Australian pharmacy presence on social media has grown slowly over the last five years or so and, in the last couple of years in particular has expanded significantly with the main pharmacy organisations (PSA, Guild, SHPA) now using both Facebook and Twitter regularly and frequently to get their messages out.

A growing number of pharmacists have taken to Twitter, tweeting on pharmacy clinical and political issues. Less use seems to be made of Linked In (although perhaps AusPharm's just not well connected enough...).

Do you engage with social media through Facebook and Twitter? Please let us know by ticking the relevant box in today's AusPharm poll.

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MIMS Monthly Medicine Update : 09/09/2015 :

The MIMS September 2015 Monthly Medicine Update is now available. Click the link to read it now.

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