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SA Pharmacist of the year finalists named : 12/09/2011 :

The finalists for the South Australian Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Pharmacist of the Year Award has been announced
 
The finalists for 2011 are:

  • Ms Helen Flannery , a rural community pharmacist
  • Ms Helen Brauer, an accredited pharmacist
  • Ms Julie Bedford,  a community pharmacist

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Psoriatic arthritis and abatacept : 12/09/2011 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Psoriatic arthritis and abatacept.

"Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) is classified as a spondyloarhtropathy characterised by spondolytis (inflammation of the vertebral joints), enthestitis (inflammation at the site of muscle insertion into the bone), dactylitis (inflammation of the digits) and synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane). Up to 30% of patients with psoriasis go on to develop PsA, with joint inflammation occurring several years (usually around three to six years) after the appearance of skin lesions.  PsA has an equal prevalence amongst men and women. Treatment of psoriatic arthritis usually requires a coordinated approach involving both the rheumatologist and dermatologist, and is aimed at addressing both  skin and joint disease, with the aim of an improvement in pain, fatigue, depression and reduction of joint damage which, when managed adequately, will also reduce inflammation-induced artherogenesis and the likelihood of early mortality from cardiovascular disease."

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

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ASMI plays down NSAID pregnancy risks : 09/09/2011 :

The Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI) issued a statement yesterday in response to the Canadian Medical Association Journal article published this week which found that the use of NSAIDs taken during early pregnancy was associated with a statistically significant risk (2.4 fold increase) of having a miscarriage and concluded that NSAIDs should be used with caution during pregnancy

The ASMI statement notes that the risks associated with NSAID use during pregnancy are already known and that OTC NSAIDs available in Australia (such as diclofenac, ibuprofen and naproxen) already carried mandatory label warnings as a result.

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Northern Territory pharmacists now have the Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS) as close as a phone : 09/09/2011 :

The Victorian based Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS is expanding its service to Northern Territory (NT) from 12 September 2011.  Pharmacists in NT will be able to contact this anonymous service for the cost of a local call. 

PSS offers support to pharmacists who wish to talk to a colleague about any issue including workplace stresses, pharmacy practice matters, work or personal pressures, health issues including mental health concerns and drug and alcohol misuse. 

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Pharmacists saying no : 09/09/2011 :

This week's poll sought to determine how often pharmacists decline a request to supply Mersyndol (or clone).

Despite the indications for this product being quite limited, very few pharmacists told us they 'often' declined supply.

These results were little changed since we ran the identical poll early in 2009.

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MIMS Monthly Medicine Update : 08/09/2011 :

The MIMS September 2011 Monthly Medicine Update is now available. Click the link to read it now.

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No Monopoly campaign moving onto the political agenda? : 08/09/2011 :

The ‘No Monopoly on the Supply of Medicines to Your Pharmacy’ campaign has generated more than 25,000 signatures on a petition to the House of Representatives calling for a ban on the exclusive supply of medicines in Australia. An exclusive, direct to pharmacy, supply arrangement was implemented by Pfizer Australia on February 1 2011.

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AusPharm CE: RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 39 : 08/09/2011 :

The next in our 2011 series of continuing education activities is the RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 39.

This CE activity assesses your understanding of four recent RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletins (Volumes 42-12 - 43-3  -->  July - August 2011).

After completing this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Discuss issues relating to the “hCG” diet
  • Understand the risk factors for urinary retention related to inhaled anticholinergic drugs
  • Recognise a range of clinically important drug interactions
  • Locate support resources that may assist pharmacists caring for patients with cancer

This activity has been accredited for 1 CPD credit suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan. Accreditation number: CX110022n.

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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Aussies at FIP 2011, Hyderabad : 08/09/2011 :

AusPharm's Bill Arnold is at FIP 2011 in Hyderabad, India. He reports that a number of Australian are actively involved in proceedings. 

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New Fact Sheets released : 08/09/2011 :

Two new 5th Agreement Fact Sheets have been published on the 5th Community Pharmacy Agreement website.

They are:

  • The Charter Basics and
  • The Charter - What does it mean for your business and staff?

Download them here.

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NPS urges GPs to routinely assess benefits and harms for patients taking antipsychotics : 08/09/2011 :

Psychotic disorders affect 4% of Australians. Those taking antipsychotic medicines to treat their condition not only bear the burden of disease, but also a significant burden of side effects from the medicines they take. Balancing the benefits and harms of these medicines for each individual represents a constant challenge for GPss.
 
An Australian survey found that about 80% of people with a psychotic illness taking risperidone or olanzapine reported one or more troublesome side effects and worsened quality of life. Another study found that more than half of those tested had significant risk factors for cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

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Pharmacist Coalition first poll underway – have your say : 08/09/2011 :

The Pharmacist Coalition for Health Reform encouraged pharmacists and community members to take part in a series of online polls and share their opinion on a range of pharmacy issues, at the recent Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) Victorian Summit.

PCHR spokesperson and Chief Executive Officer of the SHPA, Yvonne Allinson introduced the PCHR at the Summit and said the polls would be used to inform the campaign and ensure that the Pharmacy Coalition understands the concerns and priorities of the community.

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Pregnant women urged to seek pharmacists’ advice : 08/09/2011 :

Pregnant women needing NSAIDS have been urged to go to a pharmacy and seek professional advice from a pharmacist before making such purchases.
 
National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Grant Kardachi, made the plea yesterday following the release of research warning that women more than double the risk of having a miscarriage by taking any amount of a NSAID.

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Nurofen TV advertisements : 08/09/2011 :

Nurofen maker Reckitt Benckiser issued a statement yesterday in response to the Complaints Resolution Panel’s (CRP) recent determination that its Nurofen TV ad which claims that Nurofen provides “targeted relief from pain” and “goes straight to the source of the pain” contravenes section 4(2)(c) of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code and should be withdrawn.

The company says that it does not agree with a number of the sanctions requested by the CRP, is reviewing the decision, and is preparing a response.

The company pointed out that the TGA holds no question in relation to the product’s safety and efficacy information in any of its advertising or packaging addding that 'Nurofen’s primary focus is to ensure that its products help consumers get pain relief in a safe and effective way'.

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CARPA Manual now online : 08/09/2011 :

The 5th edition of the Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association (CARPA) Standard Treatment Manual is now available online.

Since its first publication in 1992 as a collection of protocols for the management of common conditions seen in remote (mainly Aboriginal) health practice, the CARPA Standard Treatment Manual has achieved iconic status as a reference work.

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New analgesic evidence published : 08/09/2011 :

A Cochrane Review of data relating to about 45,000 patients involved in approximately 350 individual studies has provided an evaluation of the effect you can expect to get if you take commonly used painkillers at specific doses. The review also identifies pain killers for which there is only poor or no reliable evidence. The review is published in the latest edition of The Cochrane Library.

Working at the Oxford Pain Research Unit at Oxford University, Dr Andrew Moore and colleagues analyzed the findings of 35 Cochrane Reviews of randomized trials testing how well different pain killers work when used against postoperative pain.

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 07/09/2011 :

AFL Round 24

AFL Round 24 saw 8 tippers select all the 8 game winners. John Brinklow from Lancelin Pharmacy tipped the perfect margin and wins the final weekly prize for PHARMeFOOTY season 2011. In 2nd place was David Hunt from Torrens Road Gordon with Lara McNeill of Marden Amcal in 3rd position.

NRL Round 26

NRL Round 26 saw just 2 tippers select all 8 winners correctly. Michael Bates from City Pharmacy - MLC Centre tipped the perfect margin and wins the final weekly prize for PHARMeFOOTY season 2011. In 2nd place was Tony Kelly with Andrew McMurtrie of TWC Mackay in 3rd position.

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Boehringer Ingelheim: dabigatran a better option : 07/09/2011 :

More than 3,500 'debilitating, often fatal and entirely unnecessary' strokes will be suffered by Australians with atrial fribillation this year, according to a report to be released today. The report was commissioned by Pradaxa (dabigatran) manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim and conducted in associatin with Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute, the Florey Neuroscience Institutes and Deloitte Access Economics.

The report says that up to 700 lives will lost to ‘preventable’ strokes in 2011 because of a widespread failure to provide effective stroke prevention and suggests that the limitations of the most common stroke prevention therapies on the PBS, warfarin and aspirin, is in part responsible for the high rate of preventable strokes amongst atrial fibrillation sufferers.

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Nurofen TV ad likely to be pulled : 07/09/2011 :

Following the upholding of a complaint lodged with therapeutic goods ad 'referee' the Complaints Resolution Panel (CRP) by Adelaide University Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, Professor Paul Rolan, a Nurofen TV ad which claims that Nurofen provides “targeted relief from pain” and “goes straight to the source of the pain” is likely to be taken off the air.

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Poll: saying no : 07/09/2011 :

In a recent post to AusPharmList, frequent flyer David Haworth, wrote:

"Unusually today I refused supply twice to inapropriate and unsafe requests. Young pharmacists should recognise, with careful thought and consideration, that sometimes the best option is to say no, I will not supply that to you."

Perhaps the most frequently inappropriately requested product in pharmacies is Mersyndol (and clones). How often do you decline a request to supply this product?

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

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