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New training from MIRIXA : 28/04/2010 :

Mirixa Australia has released new, more user-friendly training - the online training consists of 4 short video modules that demonstrate how to use the software and how to deliver the clinical service to patients.  

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Cardivascular disease the costliest disease state, just : 28/04/2010 :

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) yesterday released a new report, Health system expenditure on disease and injury in Australia, 2004-05,  that details health expenditure for the period 2004-05 classified according to disease group.

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NPS study identifies key prescribing software features that impact patient safety : 28/04/2010 :

A study by the National Prescribing Service (NPS) into how electronic software can impact prescribing practice has identified a list of key features that contribute to safe medicines use and patient safety. 

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 28/04/2010 :

AFL Round 5 saw upsets galore which proved impossible for tippers as nobody was able to select all 8 winners, what a difference a week makes! Carole Downes of Western Health lead the pack of tippers with 7 winners and with the best margin becomes the weekly winner, congratulations Carole.  In 2nd place was Zarina Scholz from Nashville Pharmacy with Yvette Watts of APHS in 3rd spot.

NRL Round 7 saw just the 1 tipper select all the 8 winners. Glen Partridge of Gordon Croydon Pharmacy tipped the only perfect round and takes home the weekly prize, well done Glen! In 2nd place was Ashim Marfatia from Point Cook Pharmacy with Alex Reed of APHS taking 3rd.

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New national registration standards for pharmacists : 28/04/2010 :

The Pharmacy Board of Australia has now published Approved Registration Standards which will take effect on 1 July 2010. A Fact Sheet explaining the new obligations for pharmacists is also available. 

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Pharmacists Support Service expands into Tasmania : 27/04/2010 :

The Victorian based Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS), now an independent incorporated association supported by the official bodies of pharmacy, is expanding its service to Tasmania from 1 May 2010. Pharmacists in Tasmania will be able to contact this anonymous service for the cost of a local call.  

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Pharmacy Board writes to all registered pharmacists : 27/04/2010 :

The sixth meeting of the Pharmacy Board of Australia was held on 26 March 2010 in Melbourne. As in previous meetings the Board concerned itself , in the main, with administrative issues around the commencement of the national registration and accreditation scheme on 1 July 2010.

The Board did, however, determine to write to all Australian registered pharmacists  to support their transition  into the national scheme.

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RGH E-Bulletin: Ustekinumab : 27/04/2010 :

The topic of this RGH E‑Bulletin is Ustekinumab.

"Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease which involves hyperproliferation of the skin, resulting in scaling and erythema. The affected areas are called psoriatic plaques and frequently occur on the extensor aspect of the elbows and knees. Thought to be a hereditary autoimmune condition, psoriasis may be aggravated by environmental factors. It is present in 2 - 3% of the population, and usually in people aged 16 - 22 or 57 - 60. Pharmacological management varies, depending on the severity of inflammation, and site involved. Topical agents are used for mild disease and as an adjunct to other therapies in more severe disease. For severe disease phototherapy and systemic therapy are commonly used."

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

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Australian pharmacists have 'gold coins at their feet' when it comes to dose administration aids : 23/04/2010 :

Peter Williams, Director International for MTS Medication Services told the annual conference of the Australian College of Pharmacy in the Barossa Valley over the weekend that packaging medication in dose administration aids presented a major clinical and commercial opportunity for the profession.

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2010 flu vaccine: a major PITA : 23/04/2010 :

This week's poll confirmed what numerous posts to AusPharmList have suggested - that this year's free flu vaccine program rollout was one big pain in the *ss for most pharmacists.

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Industry: PBS capacity to support new medicines in doubt : 23/04/2010 :

A grave risk is emerging that the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme will be unable to continue supporting the development of new medicines in the future, Medicines Australia chief executive Dr Brendan Shaw told an industry conference yesterday.

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PSA makes chloro protocol available to all pharmacists : 23/04/2010 :

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s protocol dealing with the rescheduling of chloramphenicol for ophthalmic use is now available to all pharmacists to support them when dealing with the rescheduled medication.

It was made available to PSA members only this week but due to the importance of the protocol in patient care, PSA has decided to make it available to all pharmacists on the PSA public website.

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New inhaler 'how to’ video for kids : 22/04/2010 :

As all 'listers know, up to 90 per cent of patients are not using their inhalers correctly. In response, the National Asthma Council Australia has just released a new, online video to demonstrate correct inhaler usage for children using a puffer and spacer.

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Martin Place awash with fags : 22/04/2010 :

In a quit smoking promotion Pfizer yesterday covered the ground in Martin Place with 10,000 imitation cigarettes.

The media event aimed to encourage those wanting to quit to talk to a health professional, presumably because the company believes this will result in more people requesting the Pfizer quit product Champix.

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Phase II of pharmacy Swine Flu Vaccinations trial a hit with locals : 22/04/2010 :

Last month we reported on a very successful Tasmanian pilot 'in pharmacy' Swine Flu Vaccination program (here).

Phase II of the Swine Flu Vaccinations in pharmacy program has just concluded and saw over 2700 patients vaccinated. Nurse immunizers in the original five pharmacies in the South vaccinated 980 patients. 

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 21/04/2010 :

NRL Round 6 was a tough one with no tippers able to select all the 8 winners. Tanya Bleach from Essendon chose the best margin and wins the weekly prize, well done Tanya! In 2nd place was Roland Mosterd of Medicare Australia with David Briggs from Kids Hospital Westmead in 3rd position.

AFL Round 4 was a tippers delight with a massive 89 tippers selecting all 8 winners! Surprisingly not one tipper selected the exact margin which left 4 tippers tied on a 1 point margin. Total overall margin decided the result and Leigh Preston from Ararat Healthwise takes out the weekly prize, congratulations Leigh. In 2nd place was Gavin Lowcock of Figtree Plaza Chemist with Trevor Tilley from Waterfall Gully Pharmacy in 3rd spot.

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PSA chloramphenicol protocol : 21/04/2010 :

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia yesterday released a protocol to support PSA members when dealing with the requests for chloramphenicol.

The evidence-based protocol outlines how to appropriately establish a patient’s needs, for example, in differentiating bacterial, viral and allergic conjunctivitis.

(Also watch this space tomorrow (see below) when we'll be publishing the next of our CE activities for this year - Conjunctivitis - put together for us by Professor Greg Peterson.)

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ASMI on multivitamins and breast cancer - don't worry be happy : 21/04/2010 :

The Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI), the industry body representing non-prescription consumer healthcare products, moved yesterday to reassure consumers who use multivitamins that media reports associating the use of these products with increased risk of breast cancer were alarmist.

ASMI Regulatory & Technical Manager for Complementary Medicines, Ruth Kendon said the nature of the study (published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) leaves considerable doubt as to whether there is any causal relationship between the use of multivitamins and the higher than normal incidence of breast cancer.

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PSA: Hospital deal a good first step : 21/04/2010 :

The agreement reached between the Federal Government and State and Territory Governments over hospital reform is a good step towards reforming the whole health-care system in Australia, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia says.

National President of the PSA, Warwick Plunkett, said the difficulties encountered in reaching the agreement on hospitals funding was symptomatic of the complexity of the problem the Federal Government faced in reforming the health system.

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Poll: have this year's flu vaccine 'issues' caused you much grief? : 21/04/2010 :

There have been a number of posts to AusPharmList over the last few weeks critical of the way the changes to PBS (or other free) eligibility for access to flu vaccines has been managed by the federal Health Department. Also common have been posts critical of vaccine short (or non) supply. Not a good year at all according to some.

What's it been like in your pharmacy this year? Please let us know by voting in this week's AusPharm poll.

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