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New pharmacist guide for naloxone from PSA : 05/02/2016 :

A new guide to inform pharmacists about the safe and effective supply of naloxone has been released by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).

The comprehensive guide has been produced following the Therapeutic Goods Administration's decision to broaden the scheduling of naloxone to include a Schedule 3 listing from 1 February 2016.

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Tasmanian pharmacists win flu vaccination rights : 05/02/2016 :

Pharmacists in Tasmania have won the right to administer flu vaccines, not just in pharmacies but also in other locations such as schools, workplaces and even general practices.

The local branches of both the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and the Pharmacy Guild have welcomed the news.

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GuildCare reaches impressive milestone : 05/02/2016 :

GuildCare, Australia’s No. 1 pharmacy software for professional services, passed another milestone this week with over 9 million professional services now having been completed by GuildCare pharmacies since the software was launched.   

GuildCare has 29 professional service programs, including inhaler technique and vaccinations. At APP next month, the company says it will be announcing new partnerships to add to this.

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Banner groups much more likely to discount co-payment than independents : 05/02/2016 :

The result of this week's AusPharm poll suggests that banner group pharmacies are far more likely to discount the PBS co-payment than independent pharmacies.

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The hazards of rapid drug approval : 04/02/2016 :

Australian experts have warned against the Federal Government's plans to "cut red tape" at the  Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), and fast track approval of new drugs with only limited data.

Authors Professor Jennifer Martin and Gillian Shenfield, writing in an editorial in the February issue of Australian Prescriber, published today, highlight that Canada has a similar system in place but 41 per cent of drugs granted quick approval have subsequently received safety warnings or been withdrawn.

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Chronic pain: Free CPD activity now available : 04/02/2016 :

Earn 8 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 16 CPD credits)

As a pharmacist you are 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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MIMS Monthly Medicine Update : 04/02/2016 :

The MIMS February 2016 Monthly Medicine Update is now available. Click the link to read it now.

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AusPharm CE: RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin Digest Issue No.90 : 04/02/2016 :

The first in our 2016 series of continuing professional development activities is the RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 90.

This CPD activity assesses your understanding of four recent RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletins, Volumes 60-8 → 60-11 (October 26 → November 16, 2015).

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Chemmart offers DNA testing : 04/02/2016 :

Chemmart pharmacies are to offer a genetic testing service the group claims 'may help identify the medication and dose that are right for you'.

According to Chemmart, the myDNA test the pharmacies will use 'identifies how a person’s body processes medications and may assist patients to personalise their approach to medicines. It recognises gene variations in enzymes that affect how the body processes up to half of all commonly prescribed medications.'

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Manufacturers lobby for codeine scheduling status quo : 04/02/2016 :

The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) has lodged its submission to the supplementary consultation on the scheduling of over-the-counter (OTC) codeine medicines, supporting regulatory options that it says 'reduce the risk of codeine misuse, whilst retaining pharmacy access for the vast majority of consumers who use OTC codeine medicines safely and responsibly'.

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PBS per capita spending at 10 year low : 04/02/2016 :

New data from the Productivity Commission data shows the taxpayer  cost of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) per person is at a 10 year low.

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FIP2016 registrations open : 03/02/2016 :

Registrations have now opened for the 76th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (FIP2016).

The event - with over 250 hours of congress sessions - is to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 28 August to 1 September 2016 with the theme of Reducing the global burden of disease - Rising to the challenge.

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Guild political donations favoured Coalition parties : 03/02/2016 :

The Pharmacy Guild donated almost $180,000 to political parties in 2014/15, most of which went to the conservative side of politics.

The figure is revealed in the Australian electoral Commission's list of political donations for the year.

The donation total is almost 50% more than that given to political parties by the employer group in the 2013/14 year.

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Poll: Is 'head office' dictating your pharmacy's PBS co-payment strategy? : 03/02/2016 :

Continuing with our recent poll focus on the PBS co-payment, today's poll picks up Andrew Topp's suggestion earlier this week which aims to determine how much influence 'head office' has had on your pharmacy's decision to discount (or not) the PBS co-payment.

Last week's poll determined that the demand from consumers for a discount varied widely across the country.

Please help us find out by to what extent 'head office' is dictating strategy by ticking the relevant box in today's AusPharm poll.

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Pharmacy Guild Pharmacy of the Year 2016 videos released : 02/02/2016 :

Videos of the five Guild Pharmacy of Year 2016 finalists have been posted on the Pharmacy Guild's website, providing a glimpse of each pharmacy, the staff who work there and the types of services they provide.

The awards recognise excellence in pharmacy across three categories including Business Management, Community Engagement and Professional Innovation.

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Pharmacist Kate Carnell appointed Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman : 02/02/2016 :

Pharmacist and former Pharmacy Guild ACT Branch President Kate Carnell AO has been appointed the inaugural Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman.

As well as her pharmacy experience Ms Carnell has held the position of CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2014 and is the former CEO of beyondblue, the Australian Food and Grocery Council and the Australian General Practice Network.

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Spending on mental health services hits $8 billion : 02/02/2016 :

Expenditure on mental health-related services in Australia has increased in recent years, according to a new report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Mental Health Services in Australia, shows that over $8 billion was spent nationally on mental health services in 2013–14 in Australia - equivalent to $344 per person across the population.

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Terry White retail sales up 18% : 02/02/2016 :

The Terry White Group announced yesterday that its first half (to 31 December 2015) retail sales were up by 18% 'outperforming the industry average growth rate significantly'.

Terry White Group CEO Anthony White said the network was consistently achieving above-market, like-for-like retail sales growth in the pharmacies as a result of its Value Health strategy and significant transformative investment.

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Servier hit with $100k fine for breach of Code : 01/02/2016 :

Servier Laboratories (Aust) has been hit with a $100,000 fine after an advertisement for Valdoxan, published in the July 2015 edition of Australian Doctor, was found to be  in breach of the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct (MACOC).

A medical doctor lodged a complaint with Medicines Australia about the ad, contending that the references used to substantiate the claim in the ad...

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New SHPA appointments support workforce transformation : 01/02/2016 :

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) has announced two key staff appointments - Andrew Matthews, as Senior Project Manager, will manage two projects around workforce transformation and Rachael Raleigh will be the project officer working on the redesign of the roles of pharmacy technicians and assistants in Australian hospitals.

“Mr Matthews (pictured at right) has a wide range of experience and skills in pharmacy policy and practice, education and assessment, quality assurance, standards and accreditation,” said SHPA CEO Kristen Michaels.

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