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10 years ago this month - alcohol and antibiotics : 10/09/2009 :

First posted to AusPharmList by Michael Stevens in September, 1999.

"I was interested in the discussion on the patient's question of consuming alcohol with antibiotics. My feeling is that most people recognise that there are dangers in the consumption of alcohol and are prepared to avoid it if necessary during an acute medical condition. In chronic conditions they may avoid it or have found out that they can tolerate alcohol or are prepared to put up with the consequences."

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New Eczema resource for pharmacists released : 10/09/2009 :

This week is National Eczema Awareness Week and PSA is making available to PSA members The Eczema Management Guide For the Pharmacist,  a new resource, and a first of its kind for Australia, developed for the Eczema Association by pharmacist Tina Aspres and dermatologist Dr Phillip Artemi.

Grant Kardachi, the Acting President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, said the organisation urged people with eczema or other minor ailments to talk to their pharmacist.

“This new resource is one that will assist pharmacists greatly in the care of their patients with eczema,” he said.

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Walking Off the Map : How to Prosper on Pharmacy’s Rocky Road Ahead : 10/09/2009 :

You can’t afford to miss this opportunity to find out how to make your pharmacy profitable in the challenging times ahead in the 5th CPA.

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FIP President to share vision at PAC : 10/09/2009 :

The continuing and growing role and importance of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) will be the focus of a keynote presentation at this year’s Pharmacy Australia Congress in Sydney.

President of FIP, Dr Kamal K. Midha, will be one of the many leading national and international pharmacy figures to present at this year’s PAC which promises to be one of the best to date. His presentation is particularly topical as it closely follows FIP’s international congress which is currently being held in Istanbul, Turkey.

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AusPharm CE: Insulin therapy in the 21st century : 09/09/2009 :

The latest AusPharm CE topic is Insulin therapy in the 21st century - it's been put together for us by Australian pharmacist, Leanne Stafford. PhD candidate at the University iof Tasmania.

"Insulin is a three-dimensional polypeptide synthesised physiologically by the β cells of islets of Langerhans in the pancreas. Its secretion is regulated by a wide variety of factors, including gastrointestinal and pancreatic hormones; the autonomic nervous system; and blood levels of various nutrients, including amino acids, fatty acids, ketone bodies, and most importantly, glucose."

Click here to do this Continuing Education activity. . Or, if you prefer, 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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FIP launches national guidelines for combating counterfeit medicines : 09/09/2009 :

In order to support pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists organisations, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has developed a Framework for Establishing National Guidelines for Pharmacists in Combating Counterfeit Medicines.

The document is intended to facilitate the development by national organisations of a guide on counterfeit medicines for pharmacists, through the provision of a table of contents and comprehensive, researched text.

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Poll: I enjoy my work as a pharmacist : 09/09/2009 :

Following on from 'Ask your Pharmacist' week we thought we'd rerun a poll we run every year or two to see whether pharmacists are enjoying their work.

What's it like for you at work now? Please let us know by voting in today's poll below.

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Commercial finance - it pays to be informed : 09/09/2009 :

More than 90% of pharmacy owners said they would go to their existing bank to secure funding for a business purchase or fit-out, in a recent survey from the Guild Group. While less than a third of respondents would approach a bank they weren't already involved with.

According to Gareth Kay, National Operations Manager, Guild Commercial Finance, this approach to financing could diminish the chances of a positive outcome for business owners.

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Pharmacotherapeutics of schizophrenia : 09/09/2009 :

Schizophrenia is one of the more costly diseases to manage in OECD countries and affects up to 1 per cent of the world’s population. And as a chronic and often severe neurodevelopmental disorder it accrues neurobiological, social and psychological deficits, and results in premature death after years of disability.
 
A special presentation at this year’s Pharmacy Australia Congress will examine up-to-date thinking regarding the targets of pharmacotherapuetic intervention, within the multidimensional incomplete recovery framework.

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Do you want to live and work overseas? : 09/09/2009 :

We can help - Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development

The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program (AYAD) sends young Australians aged 18-30 on short term assignments (3-12 months) through Asia and the Pacific.

Assignments for Intake 27 of the AYAD Program are online from August 28 – September 25 2009 at www.ayad.com.au.

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Phil the (rapping) pharmacist : 08/09/2009 :

In the search for a new star to follow the success of Susan (the providore) and Bill (the Alpaca farmer) we have someone from our own profession entering into the rapping promotion that has been a succesful advertising campaign for CGU.

P.S. dont forget to rate it on CGU website.

Click the image at right to watch the video on the AusPharm website.

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Sigma records profit growth, acquires BMS portfolio, plant : 08/09/2009 :

Sigma Pharmacuertical yesterday reported that it had achieved both revenue and profit growth for the first half of its reporting year, to January 31 2010. Revenue was up 3.5% to $1.539 billion with net profit after tax up 4.9% to $32.2 million.

The company also announced yesterday that it had acquired the Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) product portfolio and manufacturing plant. It has issued an 'accelerated renouncabloe entitlement' offer to raise capital for the acquisition and to reduce its debt/equity gearing from 41$ to 29%. Under the deal with BMS, Sigma will acquire the right to make, market and distribute 15 brands in Australia and New Zealand, including Lipostat and Pravachol.

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Guild pushes primary health role : 08/09/2009 :

The Pharmacy Guild has seized on the government's decision to establish a preventative health agency to combat obesity, smoking and lifestyle diseases to push the pharmacy case for inclusion in preventive healh programs.

The Guild issued a media release yesterday pointing out that, every day, pharmacists provide free professional support and advice on a wide range of health issues such as weight loss and smoking cessation.

“Community pharmacy has an important role to play in supporting the Government's plan to reduce preventable illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers,” said Kos Sclavos, National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

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PharmX records strong growth : 08/09/2009 :

PharmX has announced that pharmacies can now electronically order  products from sanofi-aventis Consumer Healthcare and Western Australian pharmacy buying group SWAPS through its Internet based electronic ordering gateway.

This announcement comes as electronic ordering continues to expand among pharmacy users, with a 37% increase in the number of pharmacies using PharmX during the past 12 months, up from 2500 to more than 3400 pharmacies. More than 750,000 transactions orders and invoices are sent and received through the gateway each month.

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ASMI goes in to bat for pharmacy : 08/09/2009 :

According to the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) community pharmacy is well placed to take the load off overworked GPs.

New, ASMI sponsored research into the impact of minor ailments on general practitioner (GP) workload shows that the resources currently devoted to coughs, colds and other minor ailments could free-up the equivalent of 1,000 full time GPs to treat more serious health problems.

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Australians at FIP : 08/09/2009 :

A number of Australian pharmacists are enjoying the delights of PAC 2009 in Istanbul at present.

AusPharm's Bill Arnold caught up with them at one of the FIP social functions.

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Medicare Australia Bulletin Board : 07/09/2009 :

The spring edition of Medicare Australia's Bulletin Board has been published on the Medicare Australia website.

Amongst the usual array of administrative material is the news that Ms Lynelle Briggs was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer for Medicare Australia on August 13. The Spring edition also profiles MA pharmacist Trish Friend.

You can access Bulletin Board on the MA website here.

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RGH E-Bulletin: Refeeding syndrome and vitamin supplementation : 07/09/2009 :

"Patients who have been fasting for five days or more and are commenced on oral, enteral or parental feeding may experience shifts in fluids and electrolytes, resulting in hypophosphatemia, hypokalaemia, hypomagnesaemia and thiamine deficiency. With the introduction of carbohydrate, insulin is released into the blood stream and there is a shift from fat to carbohydrate metabolism. This creates a sudden intracellular demand for phosphate, potassium and magnesium."

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

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UK tightens up on OTC codeine too : 07/09/2009 :

Late last week UK health authorities announced a range of new measures for OTC medicines containing codeine and dihydrocodeine (DHC) to minimise the risk of overuse and addiction.

The package of measures includes the placement of clear and prominently positioned warnings on the label and patient information leaflet (PIL) about the risk of addiction and the importance of not taking these medicines for longer than three days. There will also be restrictions on pack sizes and updated controls on advertising to ensure the new warnings are clearly presented.

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Champix PI updated : 07/09/2009 :

The approved Prescribing Information for quit smoking drug Champix has been updated to include additional references to neuro-psychiatric side cutaneous side effects.

You can download an up to date copy of the PI from the medicines.org.au website here.

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