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Pharmacy belted on CMIs - again : 01/12/2009 :

In a piece penned by GP publication Medical Observer co-editor, Kellie Bisset, and published in Medical Observer last Friday, community pharmacy has again come under fire for not delivering on CMIs.

In her article Ms Bisset describes a visit to a pharmacy to get a first time script filled for her daughter for an anti-convulsant.

She writes: "I was expecting my local pharmacist to help me out: maybe offer some verbal advice, or at least hand me some written consumer medicine information (CMI). My expectations, it seems, were over-inflated. I got the medication, handed over my cash in return and... nothing. Next customer, please."

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New ADHD treatment guidelines released : 01/12/2009 :

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) yesterday released new (draft) Australian ADHD guidelines.

However, the NHMRC says it will make no final decision on the guidelines until conflict of interest investigations in the United States (US) are concluded. The draft guidelines' references include the work of a leading US ADHD researcher - this researcher is being investigated in the US over an alleged conflict of interest.

The draft guidelines are here. Background documents are on the NHMRC website here.

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Grant Martin new APLF Chair : 01/12/2009 :

The Australian Pharmacy Liaison Forum announced yesterday Grant Martin, CEO of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy, has been appointed as the group's new Chair.
 
The Australian Pharmacy Liaison Forum was established in 2008 as an independent coalition of representatives from pharmacy organisations to work together on issues of national importance to the pharmacy profession and the public. A Working Party of the APLF is currently involved in the development of new guidelines for Continuing Education for pharmacists, to be overseen by the new Pharmacy Board of Australia.

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Effient on PBS from tomorrow : 30/11/2009 :

Effient (Prasugrel)  will be available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme as either 5mg or 10mg tablets from the 1st December.

It is indicated for the prevention of atherothrombotic events in patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) undergoing a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). It is administered as a single 60mg loading dose followed by 10mg daily for patients undergoing angioplasty or the insertion of a stent.

Full PI and CMI is available on the medicines.org.au website.

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National Pharmaceutical Misuse Strategy to be developed : 30/11/2009 :

At a meeting of the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy held in Canberra on Friday the Council endorsed the development of a National Pharmaceutical Misuse Strategy.

This follows growing concerns about the diversion and misuse of pharmaceutical drugs and emerging evidence of the costs and harms associated with pharmaceutical misuse.

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RGH E-Bulletin: Pharmacological therapies for androgenetic alopecia : 30/11/2009 :

"Androgenetic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss, with a reported incidence ranging from 30 – 50% and increasing with age. In androgenetic alopecia there is a shortening of anagen (the growth phase of the hair cycle), resulting in a shorter, thinner hair shaft and eventually baldness. Hair loss can have a major psychological impact, and this has lead to the development of both cosmetic and pharmacological therapies."

Click here to read this E-Bulletin in full. The E-Bulletins are archived on the AusPharmList website here.

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5 years ago: Move most s4's to s3 : 27/11/2009 :

Here's an edited version of a November 2004 post to AusPharmList from Simon Duffel.

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Ok, here's another 'radical' suggestion - move most s4's  to s3

Now that the Pharmacy degree course is 4 years + one reg year it begs the question  why do we need to send people to Dr's to get prescriptions for things like Viagra, Elocon, Sofradex, Maxolon, Aciclovir etc etc People from Asia for instance laugh when I tell them they have to get a prescription from Doctors that are either unavailable or unaccessible.

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BIGshop.com.au : 27/11/2009 :

In case you thought you didn't have enough competition for front of shop lines BIGshop has just launched a new 'pharmacy' section.

Click here to take a look.

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Guild now accredited to develop standards : 27/11/2009 :

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has been accredited as a standards development organisation by the Accreditation Board for Standards Development Organisations (ABSDO).

The scope of work the Guild applied to ABSDO for is the development of Australian Standards for businesses in the community pharmacy sector. The application process was comprehensive and lengthy, involving a commitment to developing best practice International Standards, as governed by ABSDO, and covered both the business and professional aspects of pharmacy.

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AusPharm CE: RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 18 : 26/11/2009 :

The next in our 2009 series of continuing education activities is the RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 18.

This CE activity assesses your understanding of four recent RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletins (Volumes 35-10 to 36-1  --> October - November 2009).

After completing this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Understand the nature of the possible link between insulin glargine and cancer risk
  • Describe important clinical aspects of Progressive Multifocal Leucoencephalopathy
  • Discuss drug-induced gingival hyperplasia
  • Describe the clinical pharmacology of prasugrel

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 the sponsors of our CE program, MIMS.

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Panvax ADRs mild : 26/11/2009 :

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has released data on adverse drug reactions that have been reported for swine flu vaccine Panvax since the  national immunisation program began on September 30.

As at 29 October 2009 a total of 654 suspected side effects had been reported to the TGA following vaccination with Panvax® in Australia. The great majority of reported side effects have been mild and common problems such as headache, gastrointestinal upset, soreness, swelling, or redness at the injection site.

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How 'green' is your pharmacy? : 26/11/2009 :

If this week's poll result is anything to go by, Australian pharmacies still have some way to go to embrace a 'green' way of doing business.

Only 18% of respondents ticked the 'greenest' option in the poll with almost 2/3 of those responding noting that there was 'room for improvement' in their pharmacy or expressing disdain (bah humbug) at the concept of going green. Click the graph above to see a larger version.

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October PBS stats : 26/11/2009 :

Medicare Australia releases PBS stats for October yesterday.

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Poll: how green is your pharmacy? : 25/11/2009 :

Greg Stark raised this in a post to AusPharmList on Monday, citing specifically his pharmacy's efforts to recycle and to reduce its electricity consumption.

How seriously does your pharmacy treat environmental issues? Please let us know in today's AusPharm poll below.

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Had a near miss recently? : 25/11/2009 :

Australian community pharmacies dispense approximately 200 million prescriptions annually and the number and nature of errors (errors that actually reach the patient) and ‘near miss dispensing incidents’ (‘errors’ detected before they reach the patient) occurring is unknown.

Monash University, in collaboration with the University of Sydney and University of South Australia, is conducting a project to identify and capture dispensing near miss incidents by using an anonymous reporting systemutilising innovative, internationally recognised patient safety reporting and learning systems.

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R U OK? : 25/11/2009 :

On Sunday 29 November 2009 the inaugural R U OK? Day will bring Australians together in a bid to raise awareness of risks contributing to suicide. The event encourages people to reach out to friends and loved ones and simply ask, ‘Are you ok?’.

As a provider of medicines information, the National Prescribing Service (NPS) is a supporter of R U OK? Day and is asking people to think about whether they are ok with their medicines.

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PSA reconfirms commitment to government’s health reforms : 24/11/2009 :

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has welcomed comments by the Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, emphasising the role pharmacy can play in the Government’s health-care reform agenda.
 
Ms Roxon said at the Pharmacy Guild dinner in Canberra last week that pharmacy was in a unique position that was not lost on the Government.  She highlighted the role pharmacy can play in primary care and preventive care that are the foundations of much of the Government’s reform agenda.

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New PBS indication for Singulair : 24/11/2009 :

From 1 December, Singulair will be listed on the PBS as an add-on to inhaled corticosteroids for the prevention of exercise-induced asthma for children aged 6-14 years.

For activity related symptoms, Singulair represents an alternative option to adding salmeterol xinafoate or eformeterol to the treatment regimen of a child who requires short-acting beta-2 agonist therapy three or more times per week for prevention or relief of activity related symptoms.

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PSA Victorian Branch honours quiet achievers : 24/11/2009 :

Pharmacists and supporters packed the Cossar Hall at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia's Victorian Pharmacists Dinner last week to honour the profession's 'quiet achievers'.

Victorian PSA President Mark Feldschuh opened the event by thanking all area coordinators and immediate past councillors Paul Gysllink and Dimitra Tsucalas for their ongoing support.

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NPS: keep up on CAMs : 24/11/2009 :

Following comments by pharmacist Dr Lesly Braun at a recent conference, the National Prescribing Service says all health professionals have a responsibility to ensure complementary medicines (CAMs) are used safely.

According to research conducted by NPS last year into CAM information needs and uses a number of issues exist relating to the transfer of information between health professionals and consumers.

“Most complementary medicine users are self-prescribing without understanding the implications of what they are taking, and in a number of cases, they aren’t using the products in the way they are intended,” NPS CEO, Dr Lynn Weekes said.

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