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APESMA: a roadmap to nowhere : 17/03/2010 :

Employee pharmacist union, the Pharmacists Division of APESMA (PDA), has come out against the Guild's proposed new strategic plan for community pharmacy,  'The Roadmap - The Strategic Direction For Community Pharmacy', claiming it will be 'a road to nowhere'.  

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OTC industry, pharmacists call for minor ailments strategy to help ease doctor shortage : 17/03/2010 :

The non-prescription medicines industry peak body has joined national pharmacy organizations to urge the Federal Government to do more to address GP shortages through a scheme that would see some minor ailments redirected to pharmacists.

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APP feedback : 17/03/2010 :

I greatly appreciated seeing you at APP2010 last weekend. It was great to be able to put names to faces: Mark Dunn, Tony Wiss, Bill Arnold and others.

My only comment would be for your next year's stall. Whilst a bikini model handing out leaflets was a good idea, somebody attractive of the female variety as opposed to Irwin the evil chemist in a g-string might leave a better lasting impression.

That’s an image that will take some scrubbing with warm soapy water to remove from my retina.

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Alendronate may cause your femur to snap : 16/03/2010 :

Get ready to answer questions about the possible consequences of long term use of alendronate.

The US media is full of reports about a new study which says that a number of women who have been on the medicine for more than five years are fracturing their femurs.

The sound of snapping femurs (ouch!)  will more than likely attract the attention of Australian media too.

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Images of APP : 16/03/2010 :

As usual APP was a colouful affair and lots of old friends dropped by the AusPharm stand to say g'day. That's Irwin the evil chemist at right.

We're trying to convince Irwin to tell us the full story on how he got the 'evil chemist' moniker - watch this space.
 

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Big pharma donates $1 million for Indigenous health : 16/03/2010 :

Medicines Australia will make a $1m donation to the Jimmy Little Foundation at a Parliament House function tonight to help improve indigenous health outcomes in remote communities.

The donation has been funded by fine revenue collected from member companies found in breach of the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct.

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RGH E-Bulletin: Opioid equivalence (part 1) : 15/03/2010 :

The topic of this RGH E‑Bulletin is Opioid equivalence (part 1 of 2).

"Patients with either chronic or malignant pain, who have previously been stabilised on a particular opioid, may reach a point where opioid rotation is beneficial. Inadequate analgesia despite escalating doses, or the development of intolerable side effects, are valid indications to change the opioid in use. Opioid rotation may be necessary when tolerance has occurred to the current analgesia, and cross-tolerance between opioids varies."

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

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Generic clopidogrel imminent : 15/03/2010 :

Last Friday the High Court of Australia handed down a judgement that grants Apotex the right to market its generic  clopidogrel in Australia.

Apotex is now clear to market its clopidogrel products, already registered with the TGA, and can now also seek compensation from Sanofi  for the 29 months Apotex has been prevented from marketing its brands.

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Guild to develop strategic plan for community pharmacy : 15/03/2010 :

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia announced at APP on Friday that it is developing a strategic plan for the future development of professional services delivered by community pharmacists.

According to the Guild work on the document, to be titled ‘The Roadmap – the Strategic Direction for Community Pharmacy’, is already underway.

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PBS payments direct to wholesalers? : 15/03/2010 :

During Friday's panel discussion session at the APP conference the CEO's of each of the three pharmacy wholesalers spoke as one about the need for the existing trading term arrangements with pharmacies to change. Readers may recall posts to AusPharmList claiming, for example, that the My Chemist / Chemist Warehouse group were receiving 6 months forward charging from their wholesaler, Sigma.

Panel members had been encouraged earlier by session moderator Greg Turnbull to be 'controversial'. API CEO Stephen Roche took up the challenge and 'put something out there for consideration'.

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2010 Pharmacy of the Year awards presented at APP : 15/03/2010 :

As we reported on Friday, South City Chemmart Bunbury, Western Australia, was named as the Johnson & Johnson Pharmacy of the Year for 2010 at the Australian Pharmacy Professional (APP) conference on the Gold Coast.

The category winners were also announced at APP and are:

  • Excellence in business management: Goldfields Fullife Pharmacy, Gympie, Qld.
  • Excellence in community engagement: Walsh’s Village Pharmacy, South Maroubra, NSW.
  • Innovation in professional services: South City Chemmart, Bunbury, WA.

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Conferences too costly for many : 12/03/2010 :

This week's AusPharm poll sought to find out what proportion of pharmacists attend pharmacy conferences and for those who don't, why they don't.

Roughly half of respondents told us that they attend these events 'often' or 'sometimes' but the take home message from the poll was that, of the roughly half of respondents who 'rarely or never' attend, 2/3 of these cite 'too expensive' as the reason. Another 16% of non attenders say that they're just 'too busy'.

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GSK acknowledged as female friendly : 12/03/2010 :

Pharma company GlaxoSmithKline was announced last week as the only pharmaceutical company in Australia to be officially recognised as a 2010 Employer of Choice for Women (EOFCW).

The citation was awarded by the Federal Government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA).

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New appointments to NPS Board : 12/03/2010 :

Several changes have been made to the National Prescribing Service Board with the appointment of two new directors and the reappointment of an existing director.

The new Board members are Dr Chris Mitchell has replaced Ross Maxwell as a General Practice Class director and Dr Jim Langridge. Kate Moore has been reappointed for a second three-year term as the Consumer Class director.

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APP State of the Industry Symposium : 12/03/2010 :

Once again in 2010, a 'State of the Industry Symposium' was held at the APP conference on the day before the start of the conference proper, which got underway at the Gold Coast Convention Centre this morning.

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New Panadol variant with caffeine : 12/03/2010 :

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare is today launching a new pharmacy only (S2) analgesic product called Panadol® Extra that combines 500mg of paracetamol with 65mg of caffeine. 

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Health Minister Roxon addresses APP delegates : 12/03/2010 :

Health Minister Nicola Roxon confirmed that the government would continue to focus on PBS cost savings, highlighting this years projected growth in dollar costs of 10% as unsustainable.

Ms Roxon also made much of the highly visible and well distributed network of community pharmacies in Australia. She commented that this was the rationale behind the government's decision to retain the location rules in the 5th Community Pharmacy Agreement.

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And the winner is...Bunbury! : 12/03/2010 :

South City Chemmart Bunbury, Western Australia, is the Johnson & Johnson Pharmacy of the Year for 2010.

South City Chemmart’s success as the overall winner of this year’s competition was announced at the Australian Pharmacy Professional (APP) conference on the Gold Coast this morning .

Pictured below is co-owner of the pharmacy, Craig Clark, with Phil Lynch, Managaing Director Johnson & Johnson Pacific, the sponsors of the Pharmacy of the Year awards. We'll have more on the Pharmacy of the Year awards on Monday.

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March RADAR now out : 11/03/2010 :

The March issue of RADAR is now available on the NPS website.  It contains reviews of:

  • Nebivolol (Nebilet), a new selective beta1-receptor antagonist for treating chronic heart failure.
  • Methylnaltrexone (Relistor),a new option for treating opioid-induced constipation in people receiving palliative care who have not responded to adequately titrated laxatives.
  • Albendazole (Zentel), whose PBS listing has been extended to treat hookworm and Strongyloidiasis
  • Terbinafine, whose authority listing has been extended to children under 18 years

To read the full reviews go to www.nps.org.au/radar.

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Pharmacists get pandemic prepared at APP : 11/03/2010 :

More than 70 pharmacists are about to take part in a workshop aimed at ensuring their businesses are properly prepared for any looming pandemic. This is the first of many workshops that will be conducted before July across Australia.

The Business Continuity Planning (BCP) workshop is being held on the opening day of the Australian Pharmacy Professional (APP) conference on the Gold Coast tomorrow.

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