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RGH E-Bulletin: Renal colic : 14/04/2009 :

"Renal colic typically presents as a sudden onset of acute, intermittent colicky flank pain (on the side of the body, between last rib and hip) that may radiate towards the lower abdomen or groin. It is often associated with nausea and vomiting. It has an annual incidence of approximately 16 in 10,000 people and a lifetime incidence of 2-5%."

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The E-Bulletin is archived and previous editions can be viewed on the AusPharm website here.




Play the community pharmacy online game : 14/04/2009 :

A careers focused interactive website that highlights the role of pharmacists and pharmacy assistants in the community was launched online over the Easter weekend.

The interactive program is designed to give students and other interested people a snapshot of what life is like in a community pharmacy, with a bit of light-heartedness.

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Pharmacy lines up against S3 codeine : 14/04/2009 :

Pharmacy industry groups are united in their opposition to The National Drugs and Poisons Schedule Committee (NDPSC) proposition to up-schedule all codeine containing products to 'pharmacist only'.

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia said on Thursday that the decision was premature. President of the PSA, Warwick Plunkett, said while the Society fully supported moves to stop the illicit use of codeine-based products, the NDPSC proposals would greatly disadvantage the vast majority of codeine users who used the products for legitimate therapeutic purposes.

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Need a hand? : 11/04/2009 :

The Victorian-based Pharmacists' Support Service (PSS) has introduced a new telephone number and can now be contacted from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local call. PSS offers support to pharmacists who wish to talk to a colleague about any issue including workplace stresses, pharmacy practice matters, work or personal pressures, health issues including mental health concerns and drug and alcohol misuse.

PSS offers non-judgmenetal support in all situations. Callers can remain anonymous and privacy and discretion are assured. All the pharmacists answering calls are volunteers trained in the Lifeline model of telephone counselling and they can link callers to other services when neccesary. Put the new PSS phone number in your phone now as you never know when you may need to call.

1300 244 910




Tax breaks on point of sale and computers now apply to pharmacies : 10/04/2009 :

Pharmacies are now eligible for business tax breaks on purchases of point-of-sale and computer hardware, under the Federal Government’s economic stimulus package announced on 3 February.

The tax concessions and bonuses, which are designed to support individual and business taxpayers, include additional tax deductions of 10% or 30% on top of existing depreciation for spending on new, tangible assets.

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Codeine to go to S3 (maybe), famciclovir to stay S4 : 09/04/2009 :

In the Record of Reasons for its February meeting, published yesterday, The National Drugs and Poisons Schedule Committee (NDPSC) has foreshadowed amendments to the scheduling of codeine that would see all products, including cough mixtures, go to schedule 3 (pharmacist only).

Pack sizes would be limited to 5 days supply with a maximum daily dose of 100mg and a maximum content of 12mg per dose unit. According to the committee its decision was "in the interests of harm minimisation".

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First PBS budget leaks appear : 09/04/2009 :

The Telegraph's Sue Dunlevy yesterday ran the first PBS related budget 'leak' of this federal budget cycle. She claimed that there was a plan being considered to cut the prices paid to manufactureres for 100 top PBS drugs, that would "save hundreds of millions of dollars each year for sick Australians."

Both Medicines Australia and the Pharmacy Guild declined to comment on the story saying that they did not comment on budget speculation.

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Pharmacists are honest souls... : 09/04/2009 :

This week's poll asked 'listers to tell us how they handled an unexpected gift from their wholesaler (in the form of stock delivered that wasn't ordered or charged).

Almost 3/4 of respondents (n=74) said that thay always did the right thing "Honesty is not relative".




AusPharm CE : 08/04/2009 :

Because of the short week this Easter week we won't be publishing a new CE activity.

However, if you're at a loose end over Easter and looking to catch up on your CE you might like to have a look at some of our other activities, published earler this year.

* The management of asthma :: Bonnie Bereznicki : 19/3/2009
* OTC management of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) :: Debbie Rigby : 12/3/2009
* AusPharm CE: Vaginal Thrush :: Ella Jeffrey : 19/2/2009
* Statin induced myopathy :: Debbie Rigby : 12/2/2009




Poll: wholesaler mistakes : 08/04/2009 :

Occasionally a delivery from a wholesaler will be wrong. Sometimes a 'short sent', sometimes some additional unordered stock arrives.

For 'short sents' credit is given but do you also notify the wholesaler when the mistake is to their cost?

Please let us know what you do by voting in today's AusPharm poll below.

Because of the short week (there won't be an (e)news on Friday) we'l publish the result of this poll tomorrow so get your vote in today).




PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 08/04/2009 :

PHARMeFOOTY AFL Round 2 saw 5 tippers select all 8 winners. Georgina Twomey from Edmonton Pharmacy was the clear winner on margin from Ian Hogg of Keiraville Pharmacy and Carol Sue from Southgate Pharmacy in 3rd place. Congratulations Georgina!

The overall leaderboard sees 10 tippers tied on 14 with Alex Hardman from Kings Meadows Capital Chemist ranked #1 on "total margin" from Robert Wood of Myrtleford Community Pharmacy. Ian Hogg's perfect 8 helped him move up the leaderboard to 3rd place. Good Luck for Round 3!

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Images of APP : 07/04/2009 :

We took these photos on the Gold Coast at APP over the weekend. Click any of the images to see a larger version. (Photos by Bill Arnold and Mark Dunn).

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Industry urges government to quarantine PBS from budget cuts : 07/04/2009 :

Acknowledging last week's report on PBS sustainability from Access Economics Medicines Australia has urged the federal government to quarantine the PBS from funding cuts in the 2009 budget.

Medicines Australia CEO Ian Chalmers said that the PBS reforms were delivering huge savings and that Government will bank those savings as long as there is a viable pharmaceutical industry in Australia.

"However, that viability would be undermined by any unexpected changes to what was a carefully planned and agreed reform program. The fact is, Australia’s prescription pharmaceuticals industry is already well ahead of the savings curve.”




eRx Script Exchange demonstrated live at APP : 07/04/2009 :

In a session at APP on Friday, Fred Health CEO Paul Naismith and Best Practice CEO DR Frank Pyefinch gave a live demonstration of how a prescription would be generated by a doctor and received and processed by a pharmacist using eRx Script Exchange.

Paul Naismith highlighted the safety implications of electronic prescriptions, noting that they eliminated one more potential source of dispensing error, that of misreading or mis-transcribing a written prescription.

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PSA, NAPSA sign MOU : 07/04/2009 :

At APP on Saturday the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Australian Pharmacy Students' Association to cement the ongoing relationship between the two organisations.

Pictured below are PSA National President Warwick Plunkett and NAPSA National President  Lisa Goldsmith signing the MOU.




Want a flu vaccine for $ 9.99? : 07/04/2009 :

Well, if you're in Sydney you can get one here.

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Nick Logan Pharmacist Advice wins the prize : 06/04/2009 :

Nick Logan Pharmacist Advice, in Artarmon in Sydney has won the 2009 Pharmacy of the Year prize. Nick is pictured below (click for a larger image).

"This small sized pharmacy delivers big things to its customers and to the local community. Excellence and innovation are clearly seen in every aspect of its executions, including the deep understanding of the local demography and creative ideas for the expansion of the business despite space constraints,” Graham Perl, Pharmacy of the Year judge and representative of sponsor Johnson and Johnson Healthcare, said.

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RGH E-Bulletin: Antithrombin deficiency : 06/04/2009 :

"Antithrombin III (ATIII) is a glycoprotein that circulates in human plasma, and can inactivate thrombin and other proteases of the clotting cascade. Deficiency in ATIII leads to an increased risk of thrombus formation, due to rolongation of the circulation of activated clotting factors. The condition may be either inherited or acquired."

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The E-Bulletin is archived and previous editions can be viewed on the AusPharm website here.




Study: CSO vital for continued patient access to PBS : 06/04/2009 :

Expert analysis of the Community Service Obligation (CSO) confirms that it has secured the timely distribution of the full range of PBS medicines to patients throughout Australia.

The key message conveyed by Access Economics' Professor Ian Harper to delegates at the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference on the Gold Coast is that, without the CSO, many rural and remote communities would cease to enjoy daily delivery of PBS medicines to their pharmacies.

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APP panel talks on GFC : 04/04/2009 :

The popular panel session was on again at APP on Friday.  The panel consisted of Pharma industry and wholesaler CEO's along with Guild President Kos Sclavos and Guild National Councilor Toni Riley as well as Fred Health CEO Paul Naismith.

Although the session title was 'Are we appeasing government or consolidating our future?' the panel spent most of its allotted time (not surprisingly) discussing the Global Financial Crisis, or GFC as it is now almost universally known.

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