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AusPharm CE: Update on Fish Oils and Cardiovascular Disease : 28/07/2009 :

The latest AusPharm CE topic is Update on Fish Oils and Cardiovascular Disease - it's been put together for us by Angus Thompson and Tonie Miller.

"Marine fish oils, from dietary and supplemental sources are products which generate significant interest amongst both the general public and health professionals. The scale of ongoing research attests to the potential benefits of marine fish oils in a wide range of disease states. It is however in the sphere of cardiovascular disease that marine n-3 PUFAs have been most thoroughly evaluated and it is this topic that is the focus of this article."

Click here to do this Continuing Education activity.

Or, you might like to have 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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Median pharmacist's income is $110,000 : 28/07/2009 :

There was an interesting article in yesterday's Age/SMH - here's an extract.

"Jobs where pay is rising in the recession - people in some professions are earning more now than ever before. Here's who they are."

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Guild, PSA welcome NHHRC Report findings : 28/07/2009 :

Both the Guild and the PSA have welcomed the findings of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission report, Healthier Future for All Australians, released yesterday.

The Guild said it was pleased the report had no adverse comments on pharmacy and praised the priority given to electronic prescribing. PSA says it supports the focus on preventive health and urged the government to expand the role of pharmacists in multidisciplinary health-care teams, to improve their effectiveness.

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Coloxyl Drops 10 mls 8 hrly : 27/07/2009 :


This bub (DOB 25/9/08) must have *really* severe constipation.




PBS Schedule August 2009 : 27/07/2009 :


* Full PBS schedule
* Summary of changes

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More on CPD : 27/07/2009 :

We reported on Friday on the establishment of a working party to to consider the current varying approaches to continuing professional development (CPD) in Australia and to identify a set of common principles for consideration by the proposed national pharmacy board.

Well, commencing today our colleagues in the UK will be routinely asked to submit their CPD records for review and feedback. The introduction of regular call and review is associated with the publication in March of new CPD standards and guidance, under the Code of Ethics for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians.

A similar scheme has already been operating in Tasmania for some years. AusPharm thinks it likely that a 'call and review' process will also be part of the Australian CPD framework once the National Pharmacy Board is established in 2010.

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RGH E-Bulletin: Adverse effects of cholinesterase inhibitors : 27/07/2009 :

"The cholinesterase inhibitors (CIs) include donepezil (Aricept®); galantamine (Reminyl ®) and rivastigmine (Exelon®), and are currently the main pharmacological agents used in the management of mild to moderate cognitive symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease. They have only limited efficacy, and are associated with cons iderable risk of adverse effects."

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




Kidney Health Australia urges caution on NSAIDS : 27/07/2009 :

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Poll result: In negotiating past CPAs has the Pharmacy Guild delivered good outcomes for the profession as a whole? : 24/07/2009 :

(After excluding the 'Yawn' responses) 85% of Guild members responding to the poll thought that the Guild had mostly delivered good outcomes for the profession as a whole. However, only 44% of the other (non Guild member) respondents agreed with them. The 'correct' answer is probably somewhere in the middle.

As to whether the difference in perception between the two groups is brought about by pharmacy owners doing better out of the CPAs than employee pharmacists or by their greater knowledge of the CPAs (or some other issue entirely), we'll leave it to others to say!

15% of respondents chose the 'Yawn' option. Does this suggest that perhaps this is all just a distraction from more important things? (Raw poll data is here.)

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Genie set to launch eRx e-scripts for specialists Australia-wide : 24/07/2009 :

Genie Solutions will launch e-prescriptions to 1,600 GP and specialist practices around Australia, under a partnership with eRx Script Exchange announced yesterday. GPs and specialists in all areas of practice use Genie’s appointments, billing and clinical management software.

According to Graham Cunningham, Chairman, eRx Script Exchange, “Our partnership with Genie again demonstrates the industry-wide commitment behind the eRx Script Exchange platform and we are delighted  to now partner with them in extending the safety and efficiency benefits of eRx Script Exchange to specialists throughout Australia.”




CPD working party set up : 24/07/2009 :

The Australian Pharmacy Liaison Forum** (APLF) has established a working party to consider the current varying approaches to continuing professional development (CPD) and to identify a set of common principles for consideration by the proposed national pharmacy board.

The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) to commence on 1 July 2010 contains a requirement for registrants to have participated in continuing professional development (CPD) programs.

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Stilnox has 'a similar effect to cocaine' : 24/07/2009 :

Get ready to fill lots of bogus Stilnox scripts as journalists talk up its "cocaine like" benefits. From today's Australian:

"Stilnox, found in the New York apartment of actor Heath Ledger when he died last year of a prescription drug overdose, has a similar effect to cocaine and other party drugs when it is combined with alcohol or energy drinks such as Red Bull."

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It's 'Wee week' : 23/07/2009 :

Kidney Health Australia’s “Wee Week”, which is being held from 19 – 25 July, aims to raise awareness about the importance of keeping healthy to avoid urinary tract infections (UTI) which can lead to chronic kidney disease and even kidney failure.

UTIs can differ in severity, and are treatable if detected early. Left untreated, they can cause lasting damage, chronic kidney disease, and even death from kidney failure.

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Which amount would you prefer? - $3,500 or $900? : 23/07/2009 :

It’s a big difference - $3,500 compared to $900. This is what you could be paid if you complete the registration process to participate in Phase 2 of the Dose Administration Aids (DAA) and Patient Medication Profile (PMP) programs.

The amount depends on whether you have registered and submitted your data in time.

31 July 2009 is the crucial date.

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 22/07/2009 :

AFL Round 16 was a good one for tippers with 48 selecting all the 8 winners. Both Joss Beare from Blooms the Chemist and Matthew Will of Kingsmeadows Capital Chemist selected the same margin. Total Margin was the deciding factor and Joss came out on top with the lowest Total, Joss takes home the $50 from an unlucky Matthew in 2nd. Tom McCurdy from Cobram Pharmacy was close behind in 3rd place.

The Leaderboard stays the same with Mandy Patterson (supplier) still leading by 1 point from Robert Wood of Myrtleford Community Pharmacy holding on to 2nd place. In 3rd Jennifer Nelson from Coady`s Pharmacy and J Inglis from Kyneton District Health Service still holds onto 4th place. Time to attack in Round 17!

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Poll: In negotiating past CPAs has the Pharmacy Guild delivered good outcomes for the profession as a whole? : 22/07/2009 :

There has been plenty of discussion on AusPharmList recently about the Pharmacy Guild's exclusive right to negotiate with government for the next Community Pharmacy Agreement (CPA).

The Pharmacist's Division of APESMA has been vocal in the last week on this and the notion of other groups being more closely involved has been floated in the past.

Has the Guild delivered good outcomes for pharmacy as a whole in previous CPAs? What do you think? Please let us know by voting in today's poll below.




New RUM containers for Victoria & Tasmania : 22/07/2009 :

Pharmacies in Victoria and Tasmania will son be receiving new RUM containers from wholesalers. The “new” RUM container, almost identical to the current item, incorporates a tamper-evident lid to be sealed at the pharmacy prior to collection by the wholesaler driver.

Simon Appel, RUM Project Manager, said, “The new containers are tamper-evident and do not require a liner-bag and tie. The containers will now be incinerated with no “decanting” of contents.

The new containers will be introduced into other states, commencing late in 2009.




Irish pharmacists to 'strike' : 22/07/2009 :

'Listers will have read of the battle our Irish colleagues are fighting with the Irish government over massive cuts to pharmacy remuneration, to commence August 1.

Prime of life pharmacist and old pharts will remember when, led by Bill Arnold and Pat Develin in Canberra, Australian pharmacies closed their doors for a meeting in 1989 when facing similar threats to funding from the government of the day. Well, that's what our Irish friends are doing this Wednesday - closing their doors to attend an emergency information session in Dublin, which is being organised by the Irish Pharmacy Union.

Those interested in following developments over the next week or two can do so at the website of the Irish Pharmacy Union here.




RMMR Program under review : 22/07/2009 :

Campbell Research & Consulting has been commissioned by the Department of Health and Aging to conduct an evaluation of the Residential Medication Management Review (RMMR) Program.

Comments are being sought from organisations and individuals about the RMMR Program. Submissions should address issues that will add value to the RMMR Program. The deadline for submissions is 5PM Monday August 17, 2009.

More details are available here.

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Pharmacy to lose more of flu vaccine market : 21/07/2009 :

The federal government has announced plans to extend access to free flu vaccines to pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 to 50 years and people medically at risk aged six months to 64 years (such as those suffering chronic diseases including diabetes, cystic fibrosis or cardiac disease). At present only those over 65 are eligible for free vaccinations under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

From January 1 next year GPs will be able to provide the influenza vaccine directly. According to the Department of Health and Ageing this means that people will be able to "avoid any administrative costs as a result of accessing the vaccine from a pharmacy, and only one visit to a GP will be needed."




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