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NPS: Be aware of limitations in dispensing software systems : 03/03/2009 :

Research conducted by the National Prescribing Service Limited (NPS) has found that while most clinical software systems pick up important drug interactions, improvements need to be made to ensure doctors and pharmacists do not become desensitised to prompts and alerts.

The study, published in the latest edition of the Medical Journal of Australia, looked at six prescribing software systems commonly used by GPs, three dispensing software systems commonly used by pharmacists and a range of drug interactions reference sources.

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Poll result: most scripts dispensed in a day : 03/03/2009 :

Yesterday's snap poll asked 'listers what was the most scripts they'd dispensed in one (<12 hr) day. Thanks to the 148 respondents who sent in their tally.

Our take on this is that the 'average' maximum is about 450. (Click the image to see the result in detail).

We're slightly surprised that no-one cracked 1,000!

While we're looking at dispensing volumes, let's see if we can find out what people do in a 'typical' day. Please help us find out by ticking the relevant box below. Once again, we'll publish the result tomorrow.




Channel 7 Sunday Night program 'exposes national scandal' : 02/03/2009 :

Last night Channel 7's Sunday Night program ran a story about bikie involvement in the manufacture of methamphetamine with part of the story describing how 'runners' do 'milk runs' to obtain the key raw ingredient ps*udoe*hedrine (PSE).

The program did its own 'mystery shop' to see how difficult it was to obtain PSE, the outcome being, according to the program, that Project STOP was apparently ineffective as, although ID was sometimes (but not always) requested this did not prevent multiple purchases of PSE containing product (in southern Sydney).

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AusPharm submission to National Primary Health Care Strategy Discussion Paper : 02/03/2009 :

Last Friday AusPharm lodged its submission to the National Primary Health Care Strategy Discussion Paper.

It was derived entirely from comments posted to AusPharmList and from the AusPharm polls. It is a compilation of 'listers views - we've been careful not to put our own slant on things and hope we've done a reasonable job of expressing the concerns and ideas of the "average pharmacist out there", free of organisational ties or official industry or professional groups.
 
We'd like to offer a special thanks to John Gibson, Ron Batagol and Debbie Rigby for their work in helping to collate the submission.

Click here to download a copy of the final submission.




RGH E-Bulletin: Anticholinergic agents, cognition and heat-related illness : 02/03/2009 :

The topic of this week's RGH E-Bulletin is Anticholinergic agents, cognition and heat-related illness.

"Drug-induced adverse effects are probably the most readily reversible conditions in geriatric medicine. Medications with anticholinergic activity can have a detrimental effect on cognition and functional performance resulting from adverse effects such as sedation, agitation, confusion and delirium. In healthy older people the use of agents with anticholinergic activity has been shown to negatively affect verbal memory and executive function."

Click here to read the bulletin in full.

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




Bouw's back with a new robot : 02/03/2009 :

Former Willach Australia CEO Mark Bouw has introduced another pharmacy Robotic Dispensary System into Australia.

The first Australian Gollmann Robotic Dispensary System was recently installed into Lincoln Palmer's Health Focus Pharmacy in Geraldton, WA.

Gollmann Bouw will be showcasing their new system at APP in April and also have a purpose built showroom in Melbourne where pharmacists can have a look at the new system.




Poll: maximum number of scripts in a day : 02/03/2009 :

Last week, AusPharm overheard a colleague saying, "I got this locum job and it was mad-house. We did 1200 Rx in a day and that's my record. All I could do was scan the paper and the tablets."

What's your 'record', as the sole pharmacist on duty? Please let us know by ticking the relevant box in today's poll below - be quick as we're only going to run this poll for 24 hours - results tomorrow morning.




Indigenous pharmacy assistant traineeship scheme a winner : 26/02/2009 :

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Assistant Traineeship Scheme (ATSIPATS) aims to improve access to community pharmacy services by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by encouraging them to enter in to pharmacy assistant and technician roles.

Since the scheme was launched in late February 2008 there have been 27 traineeships approved. This represents a five-fold increase in the participation in pharmacy assistant training by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees compared to previous years.

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AusPharm thanks The Pharmacy Guild : 26/02/2009 :

After a relationship going back almost 10 years the Pharmacy Guild of Australia has ended its sponsorship of the AusPharm publications, including AusPharmList.

The Guild's support for AusPharm started as a means by which it could support an innovative service (AusPharmList) utilised by many of its members. It morphed over the years into a 'sponsorship' arrangement for all the websites and the AusPharm(e)news and, more recently, incorporated a bulk subscription for some Guild staff and elected officials.

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CMI poll result : 26/02/2009 :

This week's poll sought 'listers views on what they thought should happen with the provision of CMIs through pharmacy. As always, a number of possible interpretations of the results are possible.

Firstly, it seems clear that people don't think the status quo is acceptable (14%).

What are we to make of the 33% 'CMIs should be in the box' vote? Do these people not want to use the CMI as part of the counselling process? Should this 33% be added to the 6% who say 'it's all too hard - let's end it'?

We think the key point is made by the 49% who say a 'better' CMI is needed. What do you think? (Click the image to see the result in detail.)

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PHARMeFOOTY on again in 2009 : 25/02/2009 :

Australia’s only on-line AFL and NRL tipping competition for pharmacy, PHARMeFOOTY, starts again in March.

PHARMeFOOTY is a free, on-line tipping service sponsored by Fred Health and Medici Capital. Pharmacies and pharmacy students can compete in either AFL or NRL tipping, or both. Cash prizes of up to $5000 apply for the competition.

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Poll: CMIs, time for a new way? : 25/02/2009 :

'Listers will have seen our story yesterday on the latest criticism of the way pharmacy handles the provision of CMIs to consumers.

Irwin the evil chemist suggested that, given technological advances in recent times, perhaps the time has come to revisit the way CMI is provided to consumers and that, maybe, providing hard copy CMIs to consumers is a task pharmacy might well do without.

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




Benrimoj: there's more : 24/02/2009 :

Professor Charlie Benrimoj's comments while delivering the Neil Naismith  Memorial Lecture (that PSA should have a greater role to play in the CPA5 negotiations) have been widely reported in pharmacy media.

However, some other comments made by Professor Benrimoj during the lecture have not.

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More grief on CMIs : 24/02/2009 :

'Listers will be interested in the outcome of a study, published last week in the journal Pharmacy World & Science, that looked at how pharmacists perform on CMIs.

According to the authors, once again, pharmacists have been found wanting."

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Poll: who delivers the drugs? : 24/02/2009 :

Yesterday Michelle McAnuff raises the issue of insurance cover for pharmacy delivery vehicles, commenting that the insurance companies had various, not necessarily supportive, policies in place.

Who does the deliveries in your pharmacy? Please let us know by ticking the relevant box in today's AusPharm poll.

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Griffith Uni needs a hand (provided you're from Qld or Vic) : 23/02/2009 :

Griffith University's Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance are conducting research into pharmacists' experiences and perceptions around the rescheduling of pseudoephredrine based products, the impact it has had and seeking pharmacists' views about the partnership with police and Project STOP.

Community Pharmacists' in Queensland and Victoria are eligible to participate.

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RGH E-Bulletin: Mouth care : 23/02/2009 :

The topic of this week's RGH E-Bulletin is Mouth care.

"Stomatitis is defined as inflammation of the mouth and lips, while mucositis is inflammation of the entire oral cavity. Symptoms include painful mouth, loss of appetite and altered taste. These conditions may result from dry mouth (xerostomia), infection (e.g. oral thrush, herpes), radiotherapy or chemotherapy, and nutritional deficiency. Therapy
involves treating the underlying cause, and symptomatic management."

Click here to read the bulletin in full.

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




Poll result: 'free' advice in pharmacies : 23/02/2009 :

Last Friday's AusPharm poll asked 'listers whether they thought the pharmacy practice of dispensing 'free' health advice was sustainable

39% of respondents (n=102) thought that, regardless of sustainability issues, it was too late to change this entrenched habit. Of the rest twice as many (41%) think that the practice "needs to stop, we won't be able to afford to do this in the future" rather than "I'm happy with things as they are, all things considered we're well paid for what we do" (20%).

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AusPharm CE: Vaginal thrush : 22/02/2009 :

Last Thursday we published the next  of our online CE activities for 2009, Vaginal thrush  .

It's been put together for us by Ella Jeffrey. Ella is a PhD Candidate, Unit for Medication Outcomes Research and Education (UMORE), School of Pharmacy, University of Tasmania.

"Vaginal discharge and the associated vulval itching are the most common reasons for a woman to seek gynaecological care. As with many genital-related conditions, vaginitis is a condition which causes considerable embarrassment and distress.  Women experiencing these conditions report a reduced self esteem, along with time lost from work.4 The availability of over-the-counter antifungal treatments has the potential to ease some of the burden patients experience as a result of one of these conditions."

This activity has been accredited by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia as a Group 2 activity for 1 point. Accreditation number: CX090022b.

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Poll: Optometrist prescribing : 20/02/2009 :

This week's poll asked 'listers to tell us whether pharmacies are seeing more optometrist prescriptions since they 'won' PBS prescribing rights a few years back? A bit ho hum really, reflected in the number of respondents (70). Not surprisingly, people are seeing the number of optometrist prescriptions rise 'somewhat'.  (Click the link below to see the result in detail.)

Let's see if we can generate a little more interest with today's poll at left. We'll run this one over the weekend and publish the result on Monday.

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